Finaster >About Finpros
How it works
Finpros works by decreasing the amount of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in your body. DHT normally causes your prostate to grow larger.
The decrease in DHT helps prevent your prostate from growing larger. It also leads to increased hair growth and decreased hair loss of the hair on your head. Hair growth on other parts of the body isn’t affected.
Finpros oral tablet doesn’t cause drowsiness, but it can cause other side effects.
The following additional adverse events have been reported in postmarketing experience with PROSCAR. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure:
- hypersensitivity reactions, such as pruritus, urticaria, and angioedema (including swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, and face)
- testicular pain
- sexual dysfunction that continued after discontinuation of treatment, including erectile dysfunction, decreased libido and ejaculation disorders (e.g. reduced ejaculate volume). These events were reported rarely in men taking PROSCAR for the treatment of BPH. Most men were older and were taking concomitant medications and/or had co-morbid conditions. The independent role of PROSCAR in these events is unknown.
- male infertility and/or poor seminal quality were reported rarely in men taking PROSCAR for the treatment of BPH. Normalization or improvement of poor seminal quality has been reported after discontinuation of Finpros. The independent role of PROSCAR in these events is unknown.
- male breast cancer
The following additional adverse event related to sexual dysfunction that continued after discontinuation of treatment has been reported in postmarketing experience with Finpros at lower doses used to treat male pattern baldness. Because the event is reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate its frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure:
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Proscar (Finpros)
Does Finpros prevent prostate cancer? According to Patrick C. Walsh, M.D., University Distinguished Service Professor of Urology at Johns Hopkins Medicine, it just prevents you from knowing that you have it. Even worse, taking Finpros may mask the signs of aggressive, yet curable prostate cancer until much later.
Many of Dr. Walsh’s patients have asked him about an article that appeared in The New York Times on Sunday, June 15, 2008. It claimed that Finpros somehow helps men by preventing them from knowing they have prostate cancer so they can avoid the potential side effects of treatment.
Most men were older and were taking concomitant medications and/or had comorbid conditions:
Very common (10% or more): Impotence (up to 18.5%)
Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal ejaculation, decreased ejaculatory volume, abnormal sexual function, gynecomastia, erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorder, testicular pain, male infertility and/or poor seminal quality
Two hundred fourteen reports of gynecomastia in men taking Finpros in the United States were received by the FDA between June 1992 and February 1995. Among those reported, fifty eight percent were taking additional medications that have been associated with gynecomastia. Sixty nine of 86 patients who discontinued Finpros treatment had partial or complete remission.
New reports of drug-related sexual adverse experiences have been reported to decrease with duration of therapy.
Erectile dysfunction has been reported to continue beyond treatment discontinuation. Normalization or improvement of seminal quality has been reported after withdrawing Finpros treatment.
More common side effects
The more common side effects that can occur with Finpros include:
- decreased sex drive
- trouble getting or keeping an erection
- ejaculation disorder
- increase in breast size and tenderness
- skin rash
If these effects are mild, they may disappear within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t disappear, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Avoid Finpros to save money and reduce risk of high-grade disease
Dr. Walsh has been greatly troubled by the pressure for patients and general physicians to use Finpros. His conclusions about this drug include:
- It has no primary effect in reducing the number of men who will have a positive biopsy.
- Patients will believe that it prevents cancer, will be pleased that their PSA levels fall and will not understand the potential danger of developing undiagnosed, high-grade disease.
- Finpros can be used as a treatment for an enlarged prostate, as long as patients who are being screened for prostate cancer understand the guidelines. If you don’t want to know if you have prostate cancer, you should just avoid PSA testing.
According to Dr. Walsh, if you want to prevent prostate cancer, Finpros is the last thing you should take. Save yourself the yearly cost of the medication and avoid the increased risk of high-grade disease. The only thing that Finpros can do is prevent you from knowing that you may have lethal cancer until it may be too late to cure.
How to Determine Your Real PSA Level
If you are taking Finpros, you need to be able to determine your actual PSA level.
If you have been taking the drug for:
- Two years: Multiply your PSA by 2
- Between two and seven years: Multiply your PSA by 2.3
- More than seven years: Multiply your PSA by 2.5
If your PSA begins to rise, get a biopsy immediately.
What are the uses for Finpros-oral (hair growth)?
: Finpros (Propecia) is used for the treatment of male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia in males only.
Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
- swelling of your lips, tongue, throat, or face
- lumps or pain in your breasts
- nipple discharge
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we can not guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well. To help prevent interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking.
To find out how Finpros oral tablet might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we can not guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
This drug comes with several warnings.
Finpros is an antiandrogen which acts by inhibiting 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It works by blocking the body’s production of the male hormone that causes the prostate to enlarge.
This medication is primarily used in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in low doses – under the brand name Proscar®-, and also in the treatment of prostate cancer in higher doses. Furthermore, it is also indicated for use in combination with doxazosin therapy to reduce the risk for symptomatic progression of BPH.
Additionally, in 1997 the FDA approved Finpros to treat hair loss in male pattern baldness, and is registered in many countries under the trade name Propecia®. Following numerous clinical trials, it was discovered that DHT leads to the miniaturization and loss of genetically sensitive hair on the top of the head, which is seen in the typical (androgenetic) pattern of hair loss.
With regards to the particular condition being treated and pill strength, there is 5 mg of Finpros in Proscar® and 1 mg in Propecia®.
Brand Name(s): Proscar; Propecia; Fincar; Finpecia; Finax; Finast; Finara; Proster />
CAS nº: 98319-26-7
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BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY
Finpros is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH, enlargement of the prostate gland). The prostate is a part of the male reproductive system that produces a milky fluid for sperm. Over the age of 50, many men develop an enlarged prostate and as the prostate gets bigger it can restrict the flow of urine. Finpros can help to improve the symptoms caused by BPH, including:
→ 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
It also may decrease the chance of needing prostate surgery.
The effect of hepatic impairment on Finpros pharmacokinetics has not been studied. Caution should be exercised in the administration of PROSCAR in those patients with liver function abnormalities, as Finpros is metabolized extensively in the liver.
Finpros may cause a decrease in PSA levels in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia as well as in patients with prostate cancer. In one study, mean PSA reductions of 50% were noted, regardless of baseline levels. There was no indication that PSA levels were further suppressed in patients with prostate cancer.
PSA levels are commonly used in the screening process for prostate cancer. Patients who develop sustained increases in PSA while on Finpros therapy should be carefully evaluated for medical causes as well as noncompliance.
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Breast tenderness, breast enlargement
Frequency not reported: Reductions in prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels of approximately 50%
In the US, Finpros (Finpros systemic) is a member of the drug class 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors and is used to treat Androgenetic Alopecia and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
PROSCAR is not indicated for use in women.
It is not known whether Finpros is excreted in human milk.
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The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.
How to use Finpros
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking Finpros and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth, with or without food, usually once a day, or as directed by your doctor.
If the tablet is crushed or broken, it should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or by a woman who may become pregnant (see also Precautions section).
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
It may take 6-12 months to notice a benefit.
Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Caution should be exercised in the administration of PROSCAR in those patients with liver function abnormalities, as Finpros is metabolized extensively in the liver .