Proscar 5mg Tablets 30 (Repat Authority)


Drug Name: finasteride
Our Price $92.99
PBS $5.00
Concession $5.20
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

Note: Private, PBS and our prices are available to the general public. Concession and Safety Net prices are only available to people with the appropriate concession or Safety Net cards. See Prescriptions for more details.


This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Proscar 5mg Tablets 30 (Repat Authority)

Proscar 5mg Tablets 30 (Repat Authority)

Product ID: 42575

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about PROSCAR. It does not contain all the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking PROSCAR against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine.

You may need to read it again.

What PROSCAR is used for

PROSCAR is for use by men only.

PROSCAR is used to treat a medical condition in men called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. BPH is a condition where your prostate gland (which is near your bladder) has become bigger making it more difficult for you to pass urine. This can lead to symptoms such as:
weak or interrupted stream of urine
feeling that you cannot empty your bladder completely
delay before you start to pass urine
needing to pass urine often, especially at night
feeling that you must pass urine right away

BPH occurs only in men and is common over the age of 50 years. In some men, BPH can lead to serious problems, including urinary tract infections and the sudden inability to pass urine at all. BPH can also lead to the need for surgery such as procedures to improve the flow of urine.

The prostate gland takes years to grow. Therefore, the symptoms of BPH take a long time to develop. PROSCAR works by slowly reducing the size of your prostate gland. This may lead to gradual improvement in your urine flow and other symptoms over several months. PROSCAR also helps reduce the risk of developing a sudden inability to pass urine (acute urinary retention) and the need for surgery. This may happen whether or not you notice any improvement or change in your symptoms.

Your doctor may have prescribed PROSCAR for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why PROSCAR has been prescribed for you.

PROSCAR is not addictive.

Before you take PROSCAR

When you must not take it

Do not take PROSCAR if:
you have an allergy to PROSCAR or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to PROSCAR may include skin rash, or swelling of the lips or face.
the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering
the expiry date on the pack has passed.

If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work.

If you are not sure whether you should start taking PROSCAR, talk to your doctor.

Women who are pregnant or may be pregnant must not take PROSCAR or handle crushed or broken tablets. If the active ingredient in PROSCAR is absorbed after swallowing the tablet or through the skin by a woman who is pregnant with a male baby, it may cause the male baby to be born with abnormalities of the sex organs. PROSCAR tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling, provided the tablets are not broken or crushed.

If a pregnant woman swallows PROSCAR or handles crushed or broken tablets, her doctor must be consulted immediately.

Do not give PROSCAR to children or women.

The condition for which PROSCAR is prescribed occurs only in men.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor if:
1. you have or have had any medical conditions
2. you have any allergies to any other medicines or any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you take any PROSCAR.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines may affect the way other medicines work. However, PROSCAR has not been shown to interfere with other medicines.

How to take PROSCAR

How much to take

Take PROSCAR only when prescribed by your doctor. The usual dose in men is one tablet taken once each day.

Swallow PROSCAR with a glass of water.

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

When to take it

Take PROSCAR once a day at about the same time each day.

This will help you to remember to take the tablets.

It does not matter if you take PROSCAR before or after food.

How long to take it

PROSCAR shrinks the prostate gland slowly. Therefore, you may need to take PROSCAR for 6 months or longer to see whether it helps you. If it does help your symptoms, you may need to take PROSCAR every day. Continue taking PROSCAR for as long as your doctor prescribes. If you stop taking the medicine the prostate gland is likely to grow again.

If you forget to take it

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablet as you would normally.

If you are not sure whether to skip the dose, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

If you have trouble remembering to take your tablets, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much PROSCAR. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

While you are using PROSCAR

Things you must do

Go to your doctor for regular checkups, including a physical check for prostate cancer once a year if you are over 50. While BPH is not cancer and does not lead to cancer, the two conditions can exist at the same time. PROSCAR is used for BPH not prostate cancer.

If you are having a blood test to measure your PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels, tell your doctor you are taking PROSCAR. PROSCAR can affect the results of this test.

If you are about to be started on any new medicine tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking PROSCAR.

Things you must not do

Do not give PROSCAR to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Side Effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking PROSCAR.

PROSCAR helps most men with BPH, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
impotence (inability to have an erection)
less desire for sex
changes or problems with ejaculation, such as decreased amount of semen released during sex (this decrease does not appear to interfere with normal sexual function)

These are the more common side effects of PROSCAR. For the most part these have been mild. In some cases, these side effects disappeared while the patient continued to take PROSCAR. If symptoms persisted, they usually resolved on stopping the tablets.

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
breast swelling and/or tenderness
breast lumps, pain or discharge from the nipples.
skin rash, itchiness
hives or nettlerash (pinkish, itchy swellings on the skin)
testicle pain

These are uncommon side effects that have been reported with PROSCAR.

Tell your doctor immediately or go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital if the following happens:
swelling of the lips or face

These may be symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to PROSCAR, which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side effects are rare. Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice any other effects.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

After using PROSCAR


Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.

If you take the tablets out of the blister pack they may not keep well.

Never put the tablets in another box or container, as they might get mixed up.

Keep PROSCAR in a cool dry place away from light where the temperature stays below 30 °C. Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Keep it where children cannot reach it.

A locked cupboard at least 1½ metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.


If your doctor tells you to stop taking the tablets, or the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.

Product description

What it looks like

PROSCAR comes as a blue, apple-shaped tablet with 'MSD 72' marked on one side and 'PROSCAR' marked on the other.

A pack contains 30 tablets.

Active ingredient:
finasteride 5 mg per tablet

Inactive ingredients:

pregelatinised maize (corn) starch
sodium starch glycollate
iron oxide yellow CI77492
docusate sodium
microcrystalline cellulose
magnesium stearate
titanium dioxide
indigo carmine CI73015 (aluminium lake)

PROSCAR does not contain gluten, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.

PROSCAR is manufactured in Australia by:
Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited
A.C.N. 000 173 508
54-68 Ferndell Street

This leaflet was prepared in September 2003.

Australian Register Number:

AUST R 43667
* Registered Trademark of Merck & Co., Inc. Whitehouse Station, N.J., U.S.A.

Preferred Generic
Our preferred generic for this medication is listed below. A generic prescription medicine works in the same way as the existing medicine. What matters is the active ingredient, which is the same in the generic brands and the existing brand. Please click on it below to view the product(s).
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