This drug is helpful in the treatment of male hair loss. Propecia contains finasteride which is dispensed as oral tablets of 1mg and 5mg.
How does it work?
Finasteride inhibits the production of the hormone, DHT. When levels of DHT are limited, head hair is able to re-grow as well as restrict the balding rate.
Propecia will only affect hair on the head. It cannot affect any other body parts.
Generally the normal dose is one tablet daily, unless your doctor has prescribed otherwise. Propecia does not have to be taken with food.
For maximum benefits, treatment should continue uninterrupted for 3 months. As soon as treatment ends, any re-growth will be lost.
If you forget to take a dose, rather leave it. Don’t double up any dose.
In the case of overdose with Propecia, there is very little likelihood of fatality, but you should be checked out by a medical professional.
Do not allow a pregnant woman to come into contact with Propecia. Finasteride may harm development of a male fetus’s sexual organs.
If a woman does accidentally come into contact with Propecia, the affected area should be thoroughly washed. Seek further advice from a doctor.
Before prescribing Propecia, your doctor will want to know details of your past medical history.
Your doctor will especially want to know if you are allergic to any medication, or if you have urinary tract problems, prostate cancer, or liver damage.
You must also give the doctor details of all medications you currently use, prescription or otherwise.
Although unlikely, Propecia could be associated with male breast cancer. The signs may include breast pain, discharge from the nipples, or a lump in the breast. Tell your doctor immediately.
You may not be allowed to have certain foods or drink while using Propecia. Your doctor will advise you further.
If you have been sitting down, or lying, you should get up slowly in case you fall. Propecia may make you dizzy and unsteady.
If you have to have a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test, you must tell the medical staff that you are taking Propecia because this drug may cause an unstable reading.
Possible side effects
The most serious side effect is an allergic reaction. Get medical help as quickly as possible if you are dizzy, if you are short of breath, if your facial area swells up, or if you break out in a severe rash or hives.
Propecia can cause the following common side effects:
- swollen feet or hands,
- feeling faint,
- lack of sex drive or other sexual problems,
- swollen breasts,
- tender breasts,
- pain in the testicles,
- runny nose,
- skin rash,
- or weakness.
If any of these indications persist, report to a doctor. If you get a rash, tell your doctor as it might be related to an allergic reaction.
How to store
Store this medication in a place that cannot be accessed by pets or children. Keep it in a dry, cool place where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight, humidity or heat.
Ask a doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional the correct way to discard unused or expired medicines. Do not flush down a drain or toilet.