Propecia (finasteride) is an oral drug indicated to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) such as androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness. You may use this medication alone or with other medications.
This finasteride tablet inhibits Type II 5a-reductase, which then blocks the peripheral conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone or DHT. This results in the significant decrease of DHT, a sex hormone that contributes to hair loss, in serum and tissue.
Before starting to take Propecia, read the medication or prescription guide thoroughly. Take it regularly and with the exact dosage prescribed by your physician. This medication is available in 1 mg tablets.
Take this medication orally, with or without a meal. It is ideal to take it at the same time of the day, every day, to maximize its effectiveness and to avoid missing a dose. If you miss a Propecia dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to your next dose, disregard the missed one and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two Propecia doses at a time.
Some common Propecia side effects you may experience are:
The common side effects of Propecia are usually mild and may even continue after you stop taking it. In addition, some severe adverse reactions you should look out for are breast enlargement, nipple discharge, lump in the breast, pain in the testicles, and inability to urinate. If you observe any of these side effects, consult your physician or healthcare provider immediately.
Do not take Propecia if you have a known allergy to finasteride, lactose, or any inactive ingredients this tablet may have. Signs of an allergic reaction are red patches on the skin or skin rash, hives, severe dizziness, swelling of the face, and difficulty breathing. Seek medical attention immediately if you begin to develop these symptoms.
Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider regarding your present medical condition or any history of liver disease, prostate cancer, urinary problem, or any form of infection. Some medical conditions and some medications you are taking may affect how you respond to this treatment.
If the film coating of this tablet has been broken or the tablet has been crushed, it should not be touched or handled by women who are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant because the skin could absorb this medication. If a developing male fetus is exposed to this medication, it could lead to abnormalities of the genitals.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Propecia?
Propecia is a prescription drug for hair loss among men.
Does Propecia work for everyone?
Propecia is prescribed to men who are suffering from baldness. However, because hair loss is a natural part of aging, the older a man is, the less effective this medication might be.
How many weeks/months will it take before I notice the results of Propecia?
Propecia results would be seen within three months of use.
Could we use Propecia for women experiencing hair loss?
No. This medication is not intended for women, especially pregnant and breastfeeding, as it may cause harm to an unborn child or a breastfed baby.
How much does Propecia cost?
You may check the price of Propecia at the top of this page. If you have more questions, you may also contact us.