5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors for Prostatitis
What To Think About
This medicine should not be used by men who plan to father a child, because there is a small chance that the medicine could cause a birth defect. Women who are pregnant or might become pregnant should not handle broken or crushed tablets of finasteride or dutasteride.
5-alpha reductase inhibitors reduce prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. Because PSA levels are used to detect early-stage prostate cancer, men interested in taking 5-alpha reductase inhibitors might consider the following:
- Some experts suggest that men be checked for the presence of prostate cancer (using the PSA test and a digital rectal exam) before starting to take 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.
- Follow-up PSA tests that have not decreased by approximately 50% after 6 months of taking 5-alpha reductase inhibitors may point to a need for further testing for prostate cancer.
- PSA levels above 2 ng/mL during 5-alpha reductase inhibitor treatment may point to a need for further testing for prostate cancer.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 3, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology