Finasteride is a drug which inhibits the ENZYME that metabolises TESTOSTERONE into the more potent ANDROGEN, dihydrotestosterone. This action results in a reduction of prostate tissue. The drug is used to treat an enlarged PROSTATE GLAND, thus improving urinary ﬂow. Its side-eﬀects include reduced LIBIDO, and IMPOTENCE. Finasteride oﬀers an alternative to PROSTATECTOMY for some men but a signiﬁcant minority do not improve. Women of childbearing age should not handle broken or crushed tablets.
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