Average Rating: 3.0 (42 Ratings)

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 4  Prostate No side effects M 77 5 years
5mg 1X D
 1  BPH Developed Prostatitis M 67 14 days
5mg 1X D
 1  Little hair loss Woke up one day with very bad brain fog, thought I was having a stroke, read online about it found out it was the proscar, stopped it, felt better for 2 weeks, than BAM I crashed worse than I was on the drug, can't even get out of bed because of brain fog, had to quit job, and now just want to die cause it's so bad, there is absolutely no point to live like this. M 22 8 months
1 1X D
 1  enlarged prostate proscar stinks. it didn't have any benefit for me. Any doctor who prescribes this drug is a quack. I read all the reports about this stupid drug and felt it would help improve my urination frequency so I could avoid any prostate surgery. But I continued to retain urine and my condition became worst. during the nine months I took this medication I became sick with vomiting I lost weight and my blood pressure went through the roof due to my urine buildup the damaged my kidneys and I nearly died of renal failure. I had to be put on dialysis to save my life. the company that manufactures this drug should be shut down by the FDA for marketing this medication. I know have to go three times a week for dialysis sitting in a chair for 4 hours with two 14 gauge needles stuck in my arm to stay alive due to PROSCAR. Thank you very much M 58 9 months
30mg 1X D
 2  To reduce my prostate I noticed that I was losing less hair although that Isn't why I was taking it. I started having a problem maintaining an erection for long enough to ejaculate. I've stopped taking this drug because of the problems I was having with erections. I would need to really work hard to keep an erection until I could ejaculate. I've had a TURP so I do not ejaculate outside my body but I still want to get the feeling of ejaculation even though there is no sperm. M 75 8 months
5 mg 1X D
 3  BPH This drug grows hair in all the wrong places - namely your rectal area M 62 4 months
5mg 1X D
 5  Hair Loss Acne cleared up; I never get pimples anymore. My skin glows with health; I've unexpectedly had people tell me that I look young (probably because it softened and nourished my skin). My first comment is for those men with BPH. 1. This drug is probably effective for it, because BPH is caused by the hormone DHT (which this drug lowers). But the #1 cure for prostate enlargement is cutting down on sexual activity. Sex and ejaculation cause surges in DHT, including around the prostate and this is what causes the enlargement. Most men past mid-life are having sexual activity too often. Cut down on sex and masturbation, and your prostate will shrink fast. 2. As for hair loss, I'd say this drug is working for me. It seems thicker than before and I don't get many hairs falling out anymore. M 32 7 months
5 MG 1X D
 2  Prostate enlargement Significant breast growth -painful & strange ejaculations It did shrink the prostate gland a lot, but I'm going to stop it for a while , before I need a D CUP BRA . M 82 4 years
5 1X D
 2  BPH Am divorced, so the side effects didn't really matter until I found an awesome partner. Then I experienced the inability to maintain an erection and have an orgasm during intercourse, even while trying to masterbate. Big effect on new partner's confidence in trying to please me. Didn't realize it could be Proscar that was causing this. Worked great to increase urinary flow but having been off it for two weeks I already experienced a solid and prolonged erection and orgasm during intercourse. So what is the trade off???? M 48 4 years
5 1X D
 4  Hair Loss mainly None that I am aware of. Sex drive and early morning erections still strong. Hair loss was stopped and seems a lot more hair on the previous almost bald patches I have not been very regular-sometimes stopping for a month or more. Also use Regain lotion, so am not entirely sure which of the two medicines helps most. I was told a combination is always good. M 56 4 years
 4  enlarged prostate I just completed 6 months on this and am satisfied with the fact that I have not wet my pants in a while. I'm a heavy coffee drinker and many times could not hold it unbtil i got to the bathroom. I have no side effects and the doctor told me that the saw palmetto I was taking only has a very minor effect on reducing the prostate and that most of is hype. M 66 6 months
 4  Gender transition (transsexual) Most of what has already been posted here, but many of the "side effects" were the effects I was seeking. Consider this if you are NOT a transsexual. Recently, a number of clinical trials have confirmed the effectiveness of saw palmetto in treating BPH. Many of these trials have shown saw palmetto works better than the most commonly used prescription drug, Proscar. Saw palmetto is effective in nearly 90% of patients after six weeks of use, while Proscar is effective in less than 50% of patients. In addition, Proscar may take up to six months to achieve its full effect. Since Proscar blocks the production of testosterone, it can cause impotence and breast enlargement. Also, saw palmetto is significantly less expensive than Proscar. A one month supply of saw palmetto costs $1225, while a one month supply of Proscar costs $6575 F 42 4 years
 4  Chronic Prostatitus Have had some breast enlargement and some reduction in sperm volume. However the Prostatitus has been essentially contained. In addition, my Doctor believes Proscar is a Cancer Preventive medication in that a smaller Prostate provides a better environment for limiting Cancer Risk; and quotes research confirming potentially lower Cancer Risk of 25% with Proscar users compared to Non Users. M 69 2 years
 1  BPH No Sperm, unable to maintain or achieve erection. I was put on this med in nov/08 and I stopped it in the middle of feb/09. It was mind boggling that I could not have normal or near normal sexual relations with my wife. I started taking two 1000mg pumpkin seed oil capsules for the first month then cut down to one cap a day. The results are as follows: increased sex drive, every night erections, having sex every day wife off from work (4 days in a row) The only other med I take is flomax to keep the flowing going. I get up once a night.I drink Cranberry/pomergranate 100% juice only. This could help with ed and urinary problems also.Daily exercise, low fat diet,no alcohol,no smoking,This really works! try is better than taking this poison drug. M 66 3 months
 1  baldness anxiety attacks, loss of libido, changes in penis shape, smaller testicles, dehydration, sleep disturbance. Used as a 'cost effective' means of hair loss treatment instead of buying propecia, took this stuff for years without realising the side effects are far more varied and intense than you are told. The '2%' who experience impotence only for it to supposedly go away is rated at 19% in another medical study and could be higher, not to mention that side effects could be long term. I've been off the stuff for a month with no recovery, indeed things intensified after a while, and am very worried. Stay well clear. But hey the hair does stop falling out. M 34 6 years
 1  hair loss premature ejaculation This drug ruined my life. My sex life is a joke now. M 23 1 years
 2  BPH I did not relate the symtoms to the medication, as the doctor said there were no major side affects. However the following started within 3 weeks of starting the medication and got worse with time: Sore & aching muscles, starting from the neck down the back and on the sides of chest, then lowering blood pressure to danger levels with occasional heart pulpitations. Occational blured vision and cold like symtoms. The symtoms disapeared 2 to 3 weeks after stopping the medication. Not sure if there are any other people that have symtoms like mine or if the drug manufacturer has recorded such symtoms. M 67 3 months
 2  I had an enlarged Prostate. Premature Ejaculation. Difficulty in obtaining erection. M 62 7 months
 3  BPH None IMPORTANT NOTE, GUYS!!! Proscar cuts your PSA in half WITHOUT ACTUALLY DECREASING YOUR PROSTATE CANCER RISK!! In other words, if you take Proscar your doctor should multiply your PSA by a factor of 2 if he wants to compare it to standard tables. PLEASE DO NOT OVERLOOK THIS ISSUE, BECAUSE IF YOU GET PROSTATE CANCER YOU RUN THE RISK OF CATCHING IT TOO LATE. M 48 1 years
 5  hair loss decreased ejaculate volume, not a big deal to me at my age. I took it for hair loss, before Propecia was around. It stopped my getting up at night and completely filled in my top of head hair loss. I haven't had any other problems with it, and now am afraid to stop. I said 7 years, but I've used it since it was available, so it was probably longer. I am an MD. The extra benefit was I was getting up at night at least once for urination, and now I don't get up at all. M 62 7 years

PROSCAR  (FINASTERIDE):  Finasteride is used to shrink an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in adult men. It may be used alone or taken in combination with other medications to reduce symptoms of BPH and may also reduce the need for surgery. Finasteride may improve symptoms of BPH and provide benefits such as decreased urge to urinate, better urine flow with less straining, less of a feeling that the bladder is not completely emptied, and decreased nighttime urination. This medication works by decreasing the amount of a natural body hormone (DHT) that causes growth of the prostate. Finasteride is not approved for prevention of prostate cancer. It may slightly increase the risk of developing a very serious form of prostate cancer. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks. Women and children should not use this medication.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)