Propecia (finasteride). This is a medicine used to prevent testosterone conversion to dihydrotestosterone in the body. This is used to treat male pattern hair loss on the anterior mid scalp and vertex area. This usually leads to moving backwards of the hairline and baldness on the head top most of the times. Propecia is meant to be used only by men and in no case should it be used by children or women.
Though the tablets are coated, which prevent contact with the ingredient during handling except the tablets are crushed or broken. If this happens and the ingredient comes in contact with the skin, it is recommended to wash with water and soap immediately.
Propecia should in no case be handled by pregnant women or women who may be pregnant, as this can lead to birth defects in women when exposed to it during pregnancy.
It is essential to seek the consent of your doctor before starting to take Propecia. Ask if you have ever had allergic reactions to finasteride or similar medicines called dustasteride Avodart.
The risk of developing prostate cancer may be increased with the use of Propecia. Your doctor should carry out tests to ensure you do not have any other conditions preventing you from taking Propecia without risks.
If you notice any breast lump, nipple discharge, pain, or other changes in the breast. These may be male breast cancer symptoms.
Before taking Propecia
This medicine should never be utilized by women or children. Finasteride is possibly absorbed through the skin, and children or women should not be allowed access to or handling finastrate tablets.
In order to be sure that Propecia is safe for you, ask your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- ◊ prostate cancer,
- ◊ liver disease,
- ◊ urethral stricture,
- ◊ disorder of the bladder muscle,
- ◊ inability to urinate,
- ◊ allergic reaction to dustasteride dusteride.
If any of the following effects occur while taking the treatment, get emergency medication: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of your lips, face, throat, or tongue. Immediately consult your doctor if you notice any pain, lumps, nipple discharge, or other changes in the breast. These might be symptoms of breast cancer in male.
Other, less serious side effects of Propecia may include:
- ◊ headache;
- ◊ swelling or tenderness in breasts;
- ◊ runny nose;
- ◊ skin rash;
- ◊ abnormal ejaculation;
- ◊ dizziness, weakness; or
- ◊ impotence, loss of sex interest, or difficulty having an orgasm.
However, the sexual side effects of Propecia may continue even after the medication has been stopped. Better you consult your doctor if such symptoms persist.
Use Propecia exactly as your doctor prescribed. Avoid taking it for longer than recommended or in larger quantity. Ensure you follow the prescription label directions.
Propecia film coated tablet can be administered with or without meals. The recommended dose is one (1 mg) tablet once a day. This is generally required to be repeated for three months or more to observe the benefits. While a continued used is recommended to sustain benefit and a withdrawal of treatment may lead to reversal of effect within 12 months.