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Finasteride Linked to Sexual Problems in Men

Jul 14, 2015

Finasteride Linked to Sexual Problems in MenResearchers have found that men who take finasteride, a drug prescribed to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – an enlarged prostate, may be at higher risk for erection problems when compared to men who take the drug tamsulosin.

An enlarged prostate is common in older men. In fact, the American Urological Association estimates that over half of men will develop BPH by the time they’re 60. By age 85, about 90% are expected to have the condition.


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Some men with BPH have problems urinating and getting erections. Treatment may include surgery or medications like finasteride (Proscar or Procepia) or tamulosin (Flomax).

Finasteride is classified as a 5α reductase inhibitor. This usefulness of this drug category in treating BPH has been under debate, as some studies have reported sexual side effects.


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