Drugs for enlarged prostate can up depression, self-harm risk in rare case: study

TORONTO - A new study has found that a common class of medications used to treat urinary symptoms in men with an enlarged prostate does not boost the risk of suicide, but in rare cases can cause depression and thoughts of self-harm.

The drugs finasteride and dutasteride are known as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, and concern has been raised about their potential psychiatric effects.

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