Proscalpin (also known as Proscar and Propecia) is Finasteride by Fortune it is drug used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) and hair loss. It is an inhibitor of 5α-reductase type II and type III; 5α-reductase, the enzyme which converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
The effects of this product become visible after 3-4 weeks of use.
Effects of Finasteride
Finasteride is used to treat hair loss (androgenic alopecia) in men only. The treatment slows down further hair loss and provides about 30% improvement in hair loss after six months of treatment, the effectiveness only lasts as long as it is accepted by the drug. Finasteride has also been tried for hair loss in women; but the results were no better than placebo.
Doctors use Finasteride to treat DPH, informally known as enlarged prostate. Finasteride can improve symptoms associated with prostate adenoma, such as difficulty urinating, getting up at night to urinate, hesitation at the start of urination and reduced urine flow. It provides less symptomatic treatment than alpha-1 blockers such as tamsulosin and symptom relief is slower in the beginning (treatment with finasteride may take six months or more to determine the therapeutic results of treatment).
Finasteride is administered orally, regardless of meals. The recommended dose is 1 tablet of 5 mg once daily. Finasteride can be used as monotherapy or in combination with the alpha-adrenoblocker doxazosin for a faster and gentler effect on the body. It is not recommended to exceed the dose of this drug.
Side effects from Finasteride are rare. Compared with placebo, men taking Finasteride are at increased risk of impotence, erectile dysfunction, decreased libido and impaired ejaculation during the first year of treatment. The rate of these effects becomes indistinguishable from placebo after 2-4 years, and these side effects usually subside over time. The drug is completely harmless if taken for a short period of time and if the dosage is not exceeded.