Proscar is a medication that includes the drug Finasteride in its formula, and is prescribed by medical professionals in New Zealand to individuals who exhibit the symptoms of excessive testosterone hormonal activity, which may result in male baldness or prostate enlargement. Proscar (Finasteride) acts as an alpha-reductase inhibitor, which is an enzyme that is employed in the transformation of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone). The problems associated with DHT derive from its excessive androgenic activity, which, unlike regular testosterone, may result in fragile hair follicles and baldness, but also the enlargement of the prostate, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Through the inhibition of alpha-reductase enzyme, Proscar is able to remove the excessive hormonal stimulation and restore the normal structure of hair follicles and prostate. These beneficial results may end if the drug is suddenly discontinued so the treatment should be supervised by a medical expert and the dosage should be estimated accordingly.
How does Proscar influence the male hormonal status and reduce the symptoms of male baldness and BPH?
The main sexual hormone in the male body is testosterone. However, there are several versions of testosterone, and each has its own action intensity and level of activity. DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is considered a highly active version of testosterone, which possesses both beneficial effects and unwanted effects. The normal testosterone-related effects in the human body are a normal sexual drive, a good development of muscles and bones, among other typical male traits. However, excessive stimulation through DHT may cause the hair follicles in the scalp to become fragile and weak, which leads to hair loss and baldness. This DHT-mediated androgenic activity may also cause the prostate to become inflamed and enlarged, leading to BPH symptoms, such as pain and frequent urination. The inhibition of the alpha-reductase enzyme achieved through Proscar (Finasteride) administration diminishes the unwanted effects of DHT. It translates into more testosterone being available rather than large amounts of DHT, which seems to be more harmful than regular testosterone.
Take Proscar only after a careful evaluation by your physician and follow his or her recommendations rigorously. Since the drug works on a hormonal level, dosage adjustment and side effect management are key to success in Proscar treatment. The drug has been specifically approved for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and baldness in men. Side effects are relatively rare, but they may include sexual-related unwanted effects caused by a diminished testosterone activity, such as a diminished libido, erectile or ejaculation problems, which should be discussed with your doctor if they occur. In very rare cases, Proscar may cause changes in the breast region in men, which usually disappear quickly once the dosage is diminished or the drug is discontinued. If you experience other side effects, inform your doctor and follow his or her recommendations.