Can Hair Loss Treatment with Propecia Affect Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Level?February 13th, 2007
Q: I have been on Propecia for approximately 5 years. What does Propecia do to your PSA level, lower it or make it higher? Also, what would you consider a normal level while on Propecia?
A: Finasteride 1mg a day lowers your PSA around 50%. Therefore, when patients are taking finasteride, the PSA reading should be doubled.
Finasteride does not appear to decrease the sensitivity of the PSA test to detect prostate cancer – its main purpose.
PSA levels vary by age and by lab so I would check with your internist/urologist to evaluate your specific level.
In very general terms, for adults, it is ideal to have a PSA < 1.0 off Propecia and < 0.5 on it, but higher levels can also be fine.Related Posts:
- Is the Dose of Finasteride the Same for Everyone?
- Does Propecia Work in Older Patients?
- Does Propecia Work for Life or Does it Stop Working Over Time?
- Is Propecia and/or Rogaine Mandatory after a Hair Transplant?
- Do Propecia (Finasteride) and Rogaine (Minoxidil) Work on Front of the Scalp?
Topic: Drugs (Medications)
Tags: Propecia (Finasteride), Prostate Cancer, Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on February 13th, 2007 at 10:17 am