What do finasteride tablets do?
FINASTERIDE (Propecia(R), Proscar(R)) can reduce the size of the prostate gland in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The prostate is a part of the male reproductive system that produces a milky fluid for sperm. Over the age of 50 most men develop an enlarged prostate. As the prostate gets bigger it can restrict the flow of urine. Finasteride can help to reduce symptoms caused by BPH such as a weak or interrupted urine flow; a feeling that the bladder is not completely empty; a need to pass urine more often, especially at night; an urgent feeling that you must pass urine right away; a delay or hesitation when you start to urinate. Finasteride is also used for the treatment of certain types of male hair loss. Finasteride is not for use in women.
What should my health care professional know before I take finasteride?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
(finasteride is not for use in women)
• kidney disease or infection
• liver disease
• prostate cancer
• an unusual or allergic reaction to finasteride, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
How should I take this medicine?
Take finasteride tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If you do not remember until the next day, take only that day's dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with finasteride?
• male hormones
• saw palmetto
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking finasteride?
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• breast enlargement or tenderness
• painful urination
• skin rash
• sexual difficulties (less sexual desire or ability to get an erection)
• small amount of semen released during sex
• stomach pain