Does finasteride cause high blood pressure?
Question posted by chalie on 2 May 2010
Last updated on 5 December 2020 by naturallog
From my experience, I believe it rises my lower pressure by 10 after 2 weeks of finasteride. After stopping the medicine, the effect went away. I measured(luckily, as normally I don't believe I had an issue with this, so never would have done so on purpose) my blood pressure before taking the medicine at a normal128/81, and after about 10 days taking the medicine, I measured 136/94（highest record）and multiple measures at about 135/89.
After finding previous posts of this topic here, I stopped taking the medicine, after just one day, the pressure is back to normal at 122/83(one measure), on the second day, it averaged 122/83(two measure), on the third day, it averaged 123/83. Among these days, now 5 days after, I had readings like 119/71, 123/80, 116/85, 125/82.
Another issue with finasteride is possibly (I suspect after reading some online post) the increased reading of serum CA72-4, and in my case the reading is way higher than normal...
I've been on Finasteride about a year now and have had elevated blood pressure that just won't go down. I am on high blood pressure medicines but I find it to be very high at 189/87. This week I am paying more attention to my eating habits, no/low salt and low fat intake and monitoring my blood pressure also starting this week. I take the blood pressure results in the morning, at noon, at 3pm, 6pm and before bedtime. I take Finasteride at 3pm. The blood pressure pills tend to bring it down in the morning, to 143/70, however at 3pm it rises quickly to 189/87. I will stop taking it today and repost results. Hopefully they will add High Blood Pressure to the list of side effects for this medication, as I have not found that on any other website, but seeing all these posts indicate otherwise.
After taking Proscar for 17 years my Urologist told me to quit taking it that my prostate was small enough. I have been taking Blood Pressure meds about the same time line. Three days after quitting Proscar my Blood Pressure and Pulse has dropped so much I had to quit taking the Blood Pressure Meds... Anyone else with this problem ?
Had this happen to me after about a month
On finasteride 0.1 percent. Started having an
Unusual feelings of not feeling well. Being on
BP meds, I checked my BP, my Meds usually
Keeps my BP in check around 122/84 Range
Highs around 140/86. After taking finasteride
A month in, ended up in ER with BP 222/109.
MY BP is normally about 150/90. I started taking finasteride and it jumped to 180/110 within two days and stayed there. I discontinued it and my BP started going back down after about a week. I waited two more weeks, and then started it again just in case the first high BP was due to something else. MY BP went back to 180/110 within two days. I'm quitting it again, permanently.
I go to the gym almost daily and am taking BP and rarely, I experience BP elevation. But when I started taking finasteride my BP averages 155/100. I have read comments from others in this website about their experience of BP elevation when taking finasteride, but lowering it when they stop taking the med. Thus, I will stop taking the medication; hopefully, it'd address the issue.
I took finasteride and with in a few weeks I had to go the the emergency room with a bp of 224/111. After four episodes I finally quit taking the medicine and have not had any extreme episodes since. Doctors never picked up that this was the cause. Am I the only one that has had this side effect?
High blood pressure is not generally considered to be a side effect of finasteride. In fact, one of the side effects sometimes experienced is low blood pressure!
Hope this helps.
- Finasteride uses and safety info
- Finasteride information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Finasteride (detailed)
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