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Finasteride (fin-AS-tur-ide) belongs to the group of medicines called enzyme inhibitors. It is used to treat urinary problems caused by enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). In men with very enlarged prostates and mild to moderate symptoms (difficulty urinating, decreased flow of urination, hesitation at the beginning of urination, getting up at night to urinate), finasteride may decrease the severity of symptoms. Finasteride may also reduce the chance that surgery on the prostate will be needed.
Finasteride blocks an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase, which is necessary to change testosterone to another hormone that causes the prostate to grow. As a result, the size of the prostate is decreased. The effect of finasteride on the prostate lasts only as long as the medicine is taken. If it is stopped, the prostate begins to grow again.
Finasteride also is used by some balding men to stimulate hair growth. If hair growth is going to occur with the use of finasteride, it usually occurs after the medicine has been used for about 3 months and lasts only as long as the medicine continues to be used. The new hair will be lost within 1 year after finasteride treatment is stopped.
|Propecia 1 mg - 30 Tabs
|Propecia 1 mg - 60 Tabs
|Propecia 1 mg - 90 Tabs
|Propecia 1 mg - 180 Tabs
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Propecia Directions To Use
Take one tablet daily or as directed by your doctor. Propecia may be taken with or without meals. This drug usually must be taken regularly for 3 months for the benefits to be noticeable. Once treatment is stopped, any gain in hair quantity will be lost. If Propecia is crushed prior to administration, it must not be handled by women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant.
Propecia Warnings and Side Effects
Before using Propecia, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver disease, prostate cancer, urinary tract disease, drug allergies. Propecia should not be used in women or children. Propecia can be absorbed through the skin. If the film coating of the tablet has been broken or the tablet crushed, it should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or plans to become pregnant. Any contact with Propecia by a developing male fetus could result in abnormalities of the external genitalia. Propecia must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. It is not known if Propecia is excreted into breast milk. However, this drug is not indicated for use in women.
Stop taking Propecia and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives).
Other, less serious side effects have been reported but usually resolve with continued treatment. Continue to take Propecia and notify your doctor if you experience:
- decreased libido (sex drive);
- decreased volume of ejaculate;
- impotence (trouble getting or keeping an erection); or
- breast tenderness or enlargement.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Propecia Missed Dose
If you miss a Propecia dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next Propecia dose, instead, skip the missed Propecia dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the Propecia dose to catch up.
Store Propecia at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) in a tightly closed container, away from moisture.
Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms of a Propecia overdose are not known.
Propecia More Information
DO NOT share Propecia with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT use Propecia for other health conditions. Keep this product out of the reach of children. If using Propecia for an extended period of time, obtain refills before your supply runs out.
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