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Some Prostate Drugs May Do Harm

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – Popular hormone-based drugs for treating an enlarged prostate could increase men's risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke, a new study suggests. A group of German men taking the drug Avodart (dutasteride) for three years wound up with higher blood sugar and cholesterol levels than men taking another class of prostate medication that does not affect male ...

Drugs for Prostate Trouble, Balding Not Linked to Suicide Risk

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – Drugs used to treat enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness may raise an older man's risk of depression and self-harm, but not their risk of suicide, a new study finds. The study focused on a class of medications called 5a- reductase inhibitors (5ARIs), which include widely used drugs for male pattern baldness, such as Propecia, and Proscar, used to fight an enlarged ...

Geneticists Get to the Roots of Hair Loss in Men

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Gene research may offer a glimmer of hope for men challenged by that bane of aging – male-pattern baldness. In the largest such study to date, a Scottish research team said it has identified close to 300 genetic regions tied to baldness. Previously, only a handful had been identified, the scientists said. The University of Edinburgh researchers stressed that their ...

18-Year Study Finds Drug Cut Prostate Cancer Risk

Posted 14 Aug 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 – A drug used to treat enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness also reduces a man's risk of prostate cancer by nearly a third, according to a large new study. The findings on nearly 19,000 men also overturn earlier concerns that treatment with finasteride – the agent in the prostate drug Proscar and the hair-loss drug Propecia – might promote the development of more ...

Baldness Drug Propecia May Put Some Men Off Alcohol: Study

Posted 13 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 13 – Some men who use finasteride (Propecia) to help battle baldness may also be drinking less alcohol, a new study suggests. Among the potential side effects of the hair-restoring drug are a reduced sex drive, depression and suicidal thoughts. And it's men who have sexual side effects who also appear to want to drink less, the researchers report. "In men experiencing persistent ...

Proscar Won't Boost Prostate Cancer Survival, Study Finds

Posted 15 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 – Men with prostate cancer taking the drug finasteride (Proscar) don't survive longer than similar men not taking the drug, a new study finds. Although Proscar is touted to reduce the odds of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, once diagnosed, men do not appear to gain a benefit from the drug, researchers say. However, they don't face lowered survival from the drug, a ...

Drug Used to Prevent Prostate Cancer Won't Lower Quality of Life

Posted 12 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12 – Proscar (finasteride), a drug used to treat an enlarged prostate, does not reduce the quality of life of men who use it for a prolonged period of time, found a new study funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Published Sept. 12 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the research involved men aged 55 and older enrolled in a seven-year randomized clinical ...

FDA Adds New Side Effects to Finasteride Label

Posted 13 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

From Associated Press (April 12, 2012) NEW YORK – The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday expanded the warning label on the drug finasteride, which is used to treat enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness, saying some men who took the drug continued to have sexual side effects after they stopped taking it. Finasteride is the main ingredient in Merck & Co.’s prostate drug Proscar and its ...

Baldness Drug May Cause Sexual Side Effects: FDA

Posted 12 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 12 – Two Merck & Co. drugs – one to treat hair loss in men, the other to treat an enlarged prostate gland – will get revised labels warning of potential sexual side effects that can last even after patients stop taking the drugs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The two drugs – Propecia to combat male pattern baldness, and Proscar, to treat enlarged ...

Drugs to Make You Look Beautiful -- But at What Price?

Posted 4 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 4 – Skimpy eyelashes, balding pates and wrinkles aren't diseases, but they may as well be in a society that "medicalizes" normal conditions by producing drugs not to cure or heal, but to enhance, some health experts contend. So the news that a cosmetic company is developing a pill to prevent hair from graying will offer Americans more options than ever to not only turn back the ...

FDA Approves Redesigned Labels for Some Merck Drugs

Posted 13 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

    Changes developed under Merck's Label Standardization Project SILVER SPRING, Md., June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is announcing the approval of Merck's redesigned drug container labels that include a new standardized format to improve readability and provide better information on product and strength differentiation. (Logo: h ...

Drugs for Enlarged Prostate May Raise Risk of Aggressive Cancer

Posted 9 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 9 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling for new warning labels on a class of drugs used primarily to treat enlarged prostates, because the medications may raise the risk of developing an aggressive form of prostate cancer. In a statement released Thursday, the agency said the drugs involved include popular medications sold under the brand names Proscar and Propecia ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: 5-alpha reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs): Label Change - Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer

Posted 9 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

Drugs in the 5-ARI class include finasteride and dutasteride. These drugs are marketed under the brand-names Proscar, Propecia, Avodart, and Jalyn ISSUE: FDA notified healthcare professionals that the Warnings and Precautions section of the labels for the 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (5-ARI) class of drugs has been revised to include new safety information about the increased risk of being ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Citalopram And Finasteride by Greenstone: Recall - Possible Mislabeling

Posted 16 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Greenstone LLC announced a recall of medicines with lot number FI0510058-A on the label. Bottles labeled as Citalopram (used to treat depression) may contain Finasteride (used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia). Women who are, or may become pregnant, should not take or handle Finasteride due to the possible risk of side effects which may cause abnormalities to the external ...

Sexual Side Effects From Propecia, Avodart May Be Irreversible

Posted 10 Mar 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 10 – Drugs frequently prescribed to treat hair loss or an enlarged prostate may contribute to irreversible sexual dysfunction in men, new research finds. Use of dutasteride (Avodart) and finasteride (Proscar and Propecia) were linked to erectile dysfunction, depression and loss of libido in a review of existing studies. In a small percentage of cases, symptoms persisted even ...

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