Proscar Side Effects


Men with an enlarged prostate gland are often prescribed Proscar (also called Finasteride), and they want to know about Proscar side effects. Finasteride side effects are many and varied, and include decreased libido, impotence and other sexual dysfunction, breast enlargement, hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure), dizziness, weakness, loss of energy, somnolence (excessive sleepiness), depression, peripheral edema, rhinitis (irritation of the nose), headache, shortness of breath, and rash. There are also Finasteride side effects that can affect women. Pregnant women should not even touch the medication, because it can be absorbed through the skin and cause serious birth defects. You can understand why men are so concerned about Proscar side effects.

An enlarged prostate can be a serious problem for men. Known as benign prostate hyperplasia, the enlarged prostate puts pressure on the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body). Symptoms of an enlarged prostate include frequent urges to urinate, urgency with the need to urinate, difficulty starting urination, a weak urine stream, and dribbling after urination. As the prostate enlarges and puts more and more pressure on the urethra, bladder infections may develop. It may eventually lead to the inability to urinate at all, a serious medical problem.


There is really no way to prevent benign prostate hyperplasia. It is a common occurrence in men over age forty.

There are ways to help prevent bladder infections from developing, though. Drinking plenty of water helps keep bacteria from collecting in the bladder. Drinking cranberry juice increases the acidity of the urine, helping to prevent bladder infections. Urinating as soon as you feel the urge to go also helps.

But how do you prevent Proscar side effects? Well, the only way to prevent them is not to take that medication. We'll talk about alternatives in a moment. But please note that you should talk to your doctor before deciding not to take a medication or to stop taking a medication that has been prescribed for you. You should also note that not everyone who takes Proscar experiences side effects, but there is no way to tell in advance what, if any, side effects you will suffer.


You've probably heard of men having prostate surgery. During prostate surgery, doctors do not normally remove the entire prostate gland. They just scrape part of it away. Having surgery instead of taking medication like Proscar is one way to avoid Finasteride side effects.

While an enlarged prostate gland can be treated surgically, doctors generally prefer to try to treat it with medication first. Despite the Finasteride side effects, Proscar is a commonly prescribed medication for benign prostate hyperplasia. Proscar is usually effective at shrinking the prostate gland; it's just that the Proscar side effects are not tolerable for many men.

That's why so many men are looking for natural alternatives to Finasteride. Natural products usually don't have side effects. They may have other health benefits as well.

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When To See Your Doctor

Most doctors recommend an annual prostate exam after age forty. See your doctor if you have symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland. Talk to your doctor about your concerns regarding Proscar side effects. If you are taking Finasteride, let your doctor know if you are experiencing Finasteride side effects.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about medications for benign prostate hyperplasia and natural alternatives.

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