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Last updated on 03/12/2021.
GENERIC NAME: Finasteride
CHINESE NAME: 保列治（波斯卡）
DRUG CLASS: Antiandrogens
SUB CLASS: 5–alpha reductase inhibitor
USED FOR: Benign prostatic hyperplasia
AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 5mg (tablets)
What is Proscar for?
Proscar is a brand medication that contains Finasteride, which belongs to a class of medications called 5 alpha–reductase inhibitors. It is used to treat the signs of an enlarged prostate by lowering the level of a certain male hormone.
How to use it?
Proscar is available as tablets. For relieving the signs of an enlarged prostate, take 5 mg once daily; assess response after 12 weeks to 6 months.
What are the side effects of Proscar?
Common side effects include dizziness, tiredness and loss of sex drive.
Who should not take Proscar?
Anyone who is allergic to any component of Proscar.
– Finasteride may take a few months to see the full effect, it may take at least 6 months for improvement of enlarged prostate.
– Finasteride can be absorbed through the skin. If the film coating of the tablet has been broken or the tablet crushed, it should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Exposing a developing male infant to Finasteride can result in abnormalities of the genitals.
Common dosing schedule:
Finasteride can be taken with or without food.
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Proscar may interact with:
No known significant interactions
Where to buy Proscar in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Proscar is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
Need more information?
For detailed information about the use of Proscar in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.