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Can You Get Proscar (Finasteride) Online?

Yes, licensed medical doctors can prescribe Proscar (Finasteride) online after a medical evaluation.

You can speak with one of our online doctors to learn more about Proscar (Finasteride. Book an online appointment with one of our top doctors using your phone or computer.

During your virtual visit, a physician will review your symptoms and medical history to provide a diagnosis. If the doctor determines that a patient would qualify for Proscar, they can write a prescription and electronically send it to a nearby pharmacy for pickup.

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What Is Proscar (Finasteride)?

Proscar is the brand name for finasteride, which is primarily used to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate (known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). However, finasteride can also help with hair growth, so it is sometimes used to treat hair loss and male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia).

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How Does Proscar (Finasteride) Work?

Proscar works by decreasing the amount of a hormone (DHT) that causes prostate growth. This helps reduce enlarged prostate and relieve the associated symptoms.

What is the Typical Dosage of Proscar (Finasteride)?

Always follow your doctor’s dosing instructions. However, the usual Proscar dosage for treatment of BPH is one 5 mg tablet once a day. Finasteride is also available in 1 mg tablets for the treatment of male pattern baldness.

What Are the Side Effects of Proscar (Finasteride)?

Like any medication, Proscar does carry a risk of side effects. Potential side effects include:

  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Impotence
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling faint
  • Swelling in feet or hands
  • Tenderness or swelling in breasts
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Trouble having an orgasm
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Nipple discharge
  • Testicular pain
  • Inability to urinate

Proscar may also increase your risk of kidney problems and prostate cancer. Talk to your doctor about the side effects of Proscar before beginning treatment.

What Are the Precautions of Taking Proscar (Finasteride)?

Proscar (Finasteride) is generally considered safe. However, it is not right for everybody. Always tell your doctor about your medical history. Before taking Proscar, especially be sure to mention the any of the following:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Urinary problems
  • Infections
  • Stricture of your urethra
  • A bladder muscle disorder
  • An allergic reaction to a similar medication called dutasteride (Avodart)

Be sure to tell your doctor about any medications you take, as they may cause negative interactions with finasteride. Women should not take Proscar, especially those who are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant.

Does Proscar Shrink the Prostate?

Yes, Proscar shrinks the prostate by decreasing the amount of DHT, which causes prostate growth. This can relieve some of the symptoms of an enlarged prostate such as difficulty urinating.

What Class of Drug Is Proscar (Finasteride)?

Finasteride, the active ingredient in Proscar, is in a class of medications called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, which block the hormone that causes prostate growth.

Is Finasteride Bad for the Kidneys?

There is some evidence that finasteride may cause kidney damage. You should discuss the benefits and risks of finasteride with your doctor before taking it.

Who Should Not Take Proscar (Finasteride)?

Women and children should not take Proscar, especially women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or may become pregnant. Proscar is not right for all men, so discuss your health history and potential side effects with your doctor before beginning treatment.

What Is the Safest Medication for Enlarged Prostate?

There is no one medication that is the safest for enlarged prostate. Every medication has risks and benefits. The best medication for you, whether it is tamsulosin, finasteride, dutasteride, or something else, will vary depending on your health condition and any medications you take. Make sure to discuss the pros and cons of any medication with your doctor.

Can You Request a Proscar (Finasteride) Prescription Online?

You can request a Proscar (Finasteride) prescription online after a licensed doctor completes a medical evaluation. If your doctor determines that you would qualify for a Proscar or Finasteride prescription, they will electronically send your prescription to a local pharmacy for pick up.

To speak with a doctor and learn more about Proscar (Finasteride), book an appointment today.

How Long Does It Take to See Results From Finasteride?

As far as a typical timeline for finasteride results, you cannot expect to see any results for at least 3 months. That is typically how long a hair growth cycle takes. Usually, you will start to see finasteride results after 6 months. Significant results take about 12 months.

If you show results at 12 months, you may get even better results up to 24 months after starting finasteride. However, if you have not seen results after 12 months, you are unlikely to see results with further treatment.

How Can I Tell If Finasteride is Working for Hair Loss Treatment?

The first sign that finasteride is working is usually decreased hair loss, starting 3 to 6 months after you start taking it. Keep in mind that it can take up to 12 months to see noticeable results in hair regrowth and the stopping of hair loss.

Can You Still Go Bald On Finasteride?

Yes. Finasteride does not work for everybody, and some men will still experience hair loss, so it is possible to go bald while taking finasteride. However, most men will stop losing hair.

Does Finasteride Lose Effectiveness Over Time?

One study showed that 99.1% of men experienced no further hair loss after 10 years of treatment at the same 1 mg dose of finasteride that they started on.

So, while it is possible that finasteride could lose its effectiveness over time, most men will only experience increased hair loss if they stop treatment.

Does Finasteride Thicken Hair?

In some cases, finasteride can help hair grow back thicker.

Does Finasteride Make Hair Worse Before Better?

It is often the case that fine hairs must fall out before being replaced by thicker hairs, so it is possible that your hair loss may appear to get worse before it gets better.

What Is the Difference Between Dutasteride and Finasteride?

You may have heard about dutasteride for hair loss. Dutasteride works in a similar fashion to finasteride. It is primarily used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is an enlarged prostate. 

Dutasteride is not FDA-approved to treat hair loss, but it may be prescribed for hair loss as off-label use.

Read: Dutasteride vs Finasteride

Do You Need a Prescription for Topical Finasteride?

Yes, you must first get a prescription for topical finasteride, then find a compounding pharmacy that makes it. Since it is not FDA-approved, not all pharmacies carry it.

Can You Buy Finasteride Over The Counter?

No. With the potential to cause serious side effects, you must first meet with a doctor before being prescribed Finasteride.

Is There a Substitute for Finasteride?

Yes. The other 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor (5ARIs) in the same class of medication as Finasteride is called Dutasteride. In some cases, it has proven more effective than Finasteride at hair regrowth and reduces BPH symptoms with similar complications. Talk to your doctor to decide which medication is right for you.


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