Proscar (finasteride) is a mediation designed to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP) in men who have an enlarged prostate. It has also been prescribed to help reduce the risk of an inability to urinate in men with an enlarged prostate.
What are the side effects of Proscar?
The most common side effects associated with Proscar include:
- Impotence (problems getting or sustaining an erection)
- Decreased desire to have sex
- Decreased semen production
- Enlarged or painful breasts
- Allergic reaction
- Pain in the testicles
- Male breast cancer
If you are taking Proscar, you should consult your doctor immediately if you experience any discomfort or unusual side effects.
Can Proscar cause gynecomastia?
One of the possible side effects of Proscar and other similar medications is swelling of breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia. Symptoms of gynecomastia include breast tenderness, nipple discharge and growth of male breasts due to the swelling of breast gland tissue. In some cases, symptoms will go away on their own, but some patients will require surgery and/or medications.
If you are taking Proscar and experience breast tenderness or swelling, you should consult your doctor right away. He or she will evaluate your symptoms to determine if it is gynecomastia or another condition and will monitor your symptoms to determine the best treatment.
If it is confirmed that you developed gynecomastia from a medication, you may qualify to file a lawsuit for your damages. Damages may include cost of surgery and other treatments as well as embarrassment and other emotional damages. To find out if you qualify to file a Proscar gynecomastia lawsuit, contact us today.
Other important information about Proscar
The following information is important for Proscar users:
- You should follow your doctor's prescribing instructions when taking Proscar and should visit him or her for regular checkups
- You may require regular checkups to test for prostate cancer while taking Proscar
- Keep your tablets in a dry place at room temperature and keep the container closed
- Proscar is only designed for men and should never be taken by women or children
To learn more about Proscar or to speak with a gynecomastia lawyer about a possible lawsuit, contact us today.