Enlargement of the prostate is mainly seen in elderly men. It is dependent on conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.
In treatment of the condition, drugs can be used. Proscar is the drug of choice in such a case. It contains finasteride as the active ingredient. It is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. 5-alpha reductase enzyme converts testosterone in to dihydrotestosterone. Through this reduction, testosterone is not activated. When this is the case, the enlargement will be reduced.
The drug should be taken once a day. It can be taken with or without food. In case you have missed a dose, you should not panic. You should continue with the next dose as scheduled. Double doses should not be taken in covering for the missed one.
Improvement in the symptoms might be experienced a short while after starting the medication. However, this is not always the case because of individual characteristics. Some men will start noticing positive effects 6 months after starting to take the medication.