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Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)
If your BPH symptoms are minimal, no treatment is necessary, no matter what the size of your prostate gland. If you have BPH symptoms and do not have a very enlarged gland, then an alpha-blocker such as terazosin would be the best choice. If your prostate is very enlarged, treatment with an alpha-blocker would again be the best choice. Finasteride should be used only if an alpha-blocker failed to relieve your symptoms.


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Merck, FDA Failed to Disclose Hair-Loss Drug’s Potential Suicide Risk
May 2021
In his editor’s column, Dr. Michael Carome discusses a troubling report that detailed how drugmaker Merck & Co. and the FDA failed to add a warning about the potential risk of suicidal thoughts in men taking the company’s anti-baldness drug PROPECIA to the drug’s U.S. product labeling.
Updated Review of the Hair Loss and Prostate Drug Finasteride (PROPECIA, PROSCAR)
January 2020
For many years, we have classified both finasteride products as Do Not Use. Read our updated review to find out why.
Medications That Induce Breast Enlargement in Men
May 2019
For men, abnormally large breasts can be distressing and embarrassing. Find out about the numerous drugs that can cause breast enlargement in men.
Suicidal Thoughts: Latest Risk for Baldness and Prostate Drug Finasteride (PROPECIA, PROSCAR)
April 2019
In this article, we discuss a new reason for why finasteride should not be used by men to treat symptoms of prostate enlargement or male pattern baldness.
New Research Shows Drugs Associated with a Risk of Depression Are Widely Used
October 2018
In this article, we summarize the results of a recent research study showing that use of medications that have depression as a potential adverse effect is very common. We also identify some of the many prescription medications that can cause depression symptoms, including suicidal thoughts or behavior.
Do Not Use 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors for Enlarged Prostate
October 2011
Treatment for enlarged prostate is not always required. Find out which family of drugs is best should treatment be needed.
Dutasteride (AVODART) to Prevent Prostate Cancer
June 2011
Find out why a drug widely used to treat prostate enlargement should not be used to prevent prostate cancer.
Do Not Use Finasteride (PROSCAR, PROPECIA) For Preventing Prostate Cancer
August 2003
The results of the study were mixed, with the increased risk of high-grade cancer caused by the drug outweighing the decreased risk of cancers that may be of little clinical significance.