Propecia is a 5a-reductase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) in men only. Propecia is available in generic form. It should be used by adult men only. This medication works by decreasing the amount of a natural body hormone (DHT). decreasing the amount of GHT leads to increased hair regrowth and slower hair loss.
Propecia generic name finasteride. Finasteride treats BPH by blocking the body’s production of a male hormone that causes the prostate to enlarge. Finasteride treats male pattern hair loss by blocking the body’s production of a male hormone in the scalp that stops hair growth. Hair growth on other parts of the body is not affected by finasteride. Women and children should not use this medication. Finasteride is not approved for prevention of prostate cancer. It may slightly increase the risk of developing a very serious form of prostate cancer. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks.
How to use Propecia
Read the patient information if available your pharmacist before you start taking finasteride and each time you get a refill. if you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once a day.
Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby women who are pregnant or hoe may not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets. It may cause abnormal sex organ development in an unborn male infant.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day. It may take up to 3 months to notice a benefit. You must continue to take this medication to maintain your hair growth. When you stop taking finasteride, any gain in hair quantity is generally lost within 12 months. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse.
Side effects of Propecia
Propecia may cause serious side effects including:
Breast pain or tenderness,
Nipple discharge, and
Any other breast changes
Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.
Side effects of Propecia include:
Lost interest in sex,
Trouble having an orgasm
Swelling in your hands or feet,
Swelling or tenderness in your breasts
Feeling like you might pass out
Runny nose or
Before taking finasteride, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used in women, especially during pregnancy or breast-feeding. It may harm an unborn or breast-feeding baby. Consult your doctor if you have any questions about this medication.