With so many different medications from the 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors-class available today, Proscar (Finasteride) is probably the most popular one. The drug has proved to be effective when it comes to an efficient and fast treatment course. The medication helped thousands of older men to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia also known as the enlarged prostate gland.

Considering a bunch of equal to Proscar drugs from the same group, choosing the proper alternative may look daunting. We decided to put an ease on the selection process and highlighted some of the key Proscar benefits when it comes to prostate treatment. You will learn more about the medication as well as the results of the latest studies, which prove Finasteride to be one of the most effective cures today.


Who Should Take Proscar?

Proscar indications are pretty simple. The medication is prescribed for older men who suffer from the enlarged prostate gland. The drug comes as a treatment for BPH and lets patients cope with the following:

  • Improve all disease symptoms;

  • Minimize the slightest risk of acute urinary retention taking place during and after the course;

  • Minimize the need for making a surgery including such operations as prostatectomy.

Finasteride shows good results whenever it comes to improving the BPH symptoms and reduces the risk of having serious surgeries. If there is a slight chance to treat the disease without surgery interaction, Proscar is certainly the drug to choose for a treatment.

How Proscar Works

The problem of the enlarged prostate gland is pretty common. More and more men suffer from this health problem when getting older. The main problem of the disease is the increased risk of urine passing. This is due to the gland’s location. It is next to the bladder. For this reason, the slightest size change may cause serious problems with urine normal passing.

Proscar acts as the testosterone hormone blocker. It uses enzymes also known as 5-alpha reductase. They block the hormone that is responsible for the gland’s enlargement. The drug reduces the amount of harmful hormone that appears in men’s prostate and makes it shrink letting the urine flow easily without a prostate gland as the main stumbling block. In some cases, health care providers prescribe a minimum dosage of Finasteride for people to deal with hair loss.



The Latest Proscar Studies

The latest researches conducted by EPICS experts have proved the efficiency of the drug. It was compared with other medications of the same class such as Avodart and some others. Proscar has shown better results. The study highlights are as follows:

  • Proscar is more effective whenever it comes to reducing the size of the gland;

  • Proscar has shown higher effectiveness when dealing with symptoms relief;

  • Proscar has resulted in fewer side effects if compared with other drugs.

How to Get the Most from Finasteride Treatment?

Although the drug has proved to be effective enough to treat the prostate disease, here are some baseline issues that will let patients take the fullest from the treatment course and make it as effective as possible:

  • Take the drugs regularly as the symptoms might improve within a couple of weeks. Once you have stopped feeling problems, you still need to complete the course as per schedule;

  • Regularly consult your healthcare provider and discuss your progress with the doctor;

  • Avoid consuming too much caffeine during the treatment;

  • Try to give up smoking at least during the treatment course.

Proscar is a well-known drug that has proved its effectiveness whenever it comes to treating prostate diseases and enlarged gland in particular.



Written by Sandra Perez, M.D., Medical Council of Canada

Edited: July 10, 2022