Finasteride 5mg (Propecia and Proscar)
Propecia is used in the treatment of male hair loss. It works by preventing testosterone being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body, which is involved in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and hair loss. Propecia is also used to treat the symptoms of BPH in patients with an enlarged prostate.
Method of Use
It is recommended that Propecia is taken orally, once a day, after consultation with your doctor. Propecia may be taken with or without food and at a regular time to gain maximum benefit. It is advised that Propecia is taken regularly for a period of 3 months before any hair growth is noticeable. Once treatment has ceased, any increase in hair will be lost. If you miss a dose of Propecia, take a tablet as soon as you remember, unless this is close to your next scheduled dose. If it is, miss that dose and then return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Propecia is to be stored at room temperature, between 59°F and 86°F (15-30°C), in its original container, away from heat, sunlight and moisture. It must not be stored in the bathroom. The product must be kept out of the reach of children and pets at all times. Any medication that is out of date should be disposed of safely (any pharmacist will be able to advise you on disposal instructions).
Propecia must not be taken by women or children, nor must they handle Propecia tablets, particularly whilst pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, as it can be absorbed through the skin and may cause birth defects. Should a woman accidentally be exposed to Propecia whilst pregnant, immediately wash the area thoroughly with soap and water. Should you notice any breast lumps, pain, nipple discharge or other breast changes, seek emergency medical help as soon as possible as these may be signs of male breast cancer. Under no circumstances should this drug be shared with anyone else.
Prior to being prescribed or taking Propecia, advise your doctor of any allergic reactions to any medications, such as dutasteride (Avodart), any prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, minerals, herbal products and any other drugs prescribed by other doctors.
It is highly recommended that you do not start a course of Propecia without discussing the drug and treatment with your doctor.
Potential Side Effects
If you experience any of the following side effects, seek emergency medical treatment and notify your doctor as soon as possible. Possible side effects include:
- any allergic reactions, such as hives, skin rash;
- breathing difficulties;
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat (hoarseness, sore throat), hands and feet;
- feeling light heated, fainting;
- testicular pain;
- impotence, loss of sexual desire;
- abnormal ejaculation or difficulty in achieving orgasm;
- headache, dizziness or weakness; and
- runny nose.
Please note that the above list is not complete and other side effects may occur. Should any other side effects happen, consult your doctor as soon as possible.