Proscalpin 1mg (Finasteride)
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Proscalpin contains 1mg of the active ingredient Finasteride, used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and to help with male pattern baldness. Initially, Finasteride was only used to treat BPH, treating urinary problems caused by BPH, improving its symptoms and lowering the need for BPH surgery. One company started to develop Finasteride for androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness when the side effect hair growth was seen in clinical studies. This medication is a type II 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor meaning, it prevents the action of the enzyme. This enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp which then shrinks hair follicles, leading to hair loss. Proscalpin reduces DHT levels, to promote hair regrowth and slow down hair loss. This medication does not affect hair growth in other parts of the body.
Proscalpin is manufactured by Fortune Health Care Ltd.
Proscalpin is contraindicated to people with known allergy to its active ingredient Finasteride and all its inactive ingredients.
Proscalpin is also contraindicated in pregnant and breastfeeding women. The drug may harm a breastfeeding baby and harm a developing male fetus, causing genital abnormalities.
Warnings and Precautions
A healthcare professional must be consulted prior to taking Proscalpin in order to determine the safety of the medication for each patient may react differently to the medication. All other medications being taken and other medical conditions must be disclosed to healthcare professionals as these may all be factors in patient safety and tolerability assessment of the drug.
Caution is advised to patients with:
- Prostate cancer
- Urinary tract problems like narrowing or blockage, nerve or muscle problems in the bladder, bladder infection, or urination problems
- History of increased serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, abnormal liver function tests or any liver problems
Note that this medication can affect PSA test results.
A tablet crushed or with a broken coating must not be handled by pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant because the drug can be absorbed via skin. Finasteride can cause genital abnormalities in a developing male infant.
Consult a healthcare provider for more information.
Proscalpin and Alcohol
Combination of Finasteride (Proscalpin) and alcohol must be avoided as both are linked to increased risk of prostate cancer development.
A healthcare provider must be consulted before taking Proscalpin.
The following are the usual adult doses per medical condition:
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – 5mg orally once daily
- Androgenetic alopecia – 1mg orally once daily
One tablet of 1mg Proscalpin is taken orally once a day, with or without food. The tablet must be swallowed whole with a glassful of water. This medication must be taken continuously and regularly, each dose taken at the exact same time per day to get optimum benefit from the medication. Never double the dose to compensate for the missed dose. Stopping the use of Proscalpin may cause a reversal of effects in 12 months. The effect of this drug is noticeable in about 3 months of taking it and improves over time.
The safety and efficacy of treating male pattern hair loss has been established in men aged 18 to 41 years with mild to moderate hair loss in the vertex and mid scalp area.
Medications may cause side effects but everyone will have varying side effect experience during the course of treatment. The most commonly reported side effect of Finasteride (Proscalpin) is a decrease in sexual desire or libido and a decrease in sexual ability such as difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection. It can also cause a decrease in the amount semen released during ejaculation. These effects may continue even after stopping the medication. Consult a healthcare professional if these side effects persist, become inconvenient or worsen.
Other minor side effects may include, but not limited to:
- Runny or clogged nose
- Unusual drowsiness
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
Major side effects include, but not limited to:
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Unusual weight gain or weight loss
- Skin redness
Seek medical help if these rare yet serious side effects occur as these may be signs of male breast cancer:
- Nipple discharge
- Breast lumps
- Pain in breasts
- Other breast changes
The medication must be stopped and immediate medical help is needed if an allergic reaction to Proscalpin occurs. A serious allergic reaction is characterized by rash, itching, severe dizziness, trouble breathing, swelling of face, tongue or throat.
Consult a healthcare professional for more information.