Drugs for enlarged prostate: Is cancer a side effect?
Weigh the small long-term cancer risk against the relief of common male urinary problems.
For men with bothersome urinary symptoms from an enlarged prostate, treatment may involve the medications dutasteride (Avodart) or finasteride (Proscar). These drugs, called 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors, or 5-ARIs, help to shrink the gland and keep it from pressing on a man's plumbing. Both of these medications are available as generics.