Propecia (Finasteride) is prescribed for the treatment of male pattern hair loss on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area. It prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (dht) in the body. Male pattern hair loss is a common condition in which men experience thinning of the hair on the scalp. Propecia is for use by men only and should not be used by women or children.
Propecia (Finasteride) is indicated for the treatment of male pattern hair loss on the anterior mid-scalp area and the vertex.
Propecia (Finasteride) should be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor. The patient should not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. The directions on the prescription label should be followed. This medicine should be taken with a full glass of water. Propecia (Finasteride) can be taken with or without food. It is important to use propecia regularly to get the most benefit. The patient may need to take propecia daily for three months or more before the patient see a benefit. Propecia can only work over the long term if the patient continues taking it. If the drug has not worked for the patient in twelve months, further treatment is unlikely to be of benefit. If the patient stops taking propecia, the patient may likely lose the hair gained within 12 months of stopping treatment. The patient should discuss this with the doctor. Propecia should be stored at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. The bottle should be kept tightly closed when not in use.
Consultation should be done with the doctor if the patient is having any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat, notice any breast lumps, pain, nipple discharge, or other breast changes. These may be signs of male breast cancer.
There may be other drugs that can interact with Propecia (Finasteride). Consultation should be done with the doctor about all prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. The patient should not start a new medication without telling the doctor.
Before taking Propecia (Finasteride), consultation should be done with the doctor if the patient have ever had an allergic reaction to this medication, or to a similar medicine called dutasteride (avodart) or
If overdose is suspected, the patient should contact the local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Propecia (Finasteride) should never be taken by a woman or a child. Finasteride can be absorbed through the skin, and women or children should not be permitted to handle propecia tablets. Although Propecia (Finasteride) is not for use by women, this medication can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it during pregnancy. Propecia tablets should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant. Propecia tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling, provided that the tablets are not broken or crushed. If a woman accidentally comes into contact with this medication from a broken or crushed tablet, wash the area with soap and water right away.
Consultation should be done with the doctor if the patient has noticed any breast lumps, pain, nipple discharge, or other breast changes. These may be signs of male breast cancer