Proscar works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which decreases the amount of DHT in the body. Since DHT is important for prostate enlargement, using Proscar to decrease DHT levels can help shrink the prostate and reduce enlarged prostate symptoms.
This medication was originally developed by Merck & Co., Inc. However, the patent has expired, and generic versions of Proscar are now available.
Strengths of Generic Proscar
Generic Proscar is sold under the name finasteride and is available in one strength -- Finasteride 5 mg tablets.
Who Makes Generic Proscar?
Generic versions of Proscar are currently manufactured by the following companies:
Gedeon Richter, USA
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed January 3, 2007.
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