Propecia

Generic Name: Finasteride

  • What is Propecia?

    Propecia is used to treat baldness in men with mild to moderate hair loss on the top of the head and the front of the midscalp area (male-pattern baldness).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Propecia?

    Propecia should NOT be used by women. If taken during pregnancy, Propecia may cause abnormal development of a baby's organs. Women who are pregnant, or think they might be pregnant, should avoid handling a crushed or broken Propecia tablet. The tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling, provided they are not crushed or broken.

    Propecia lowers readings of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening test for prostate cancer. If you're scheduled to have your PSA level checked, make sure the doctor knows you are taking Propecia.

    Breast changes in men, including breast enlargement, tenderness, and tumors, have been reported. Report any changes in your breast such as lumps, pain, or nipple discharge to your doctor.

  • Who should not take Propecia?

    Women should not take Propecia and should avoid handling a crushed or broken Propecia tablet if there is a chance they may be pregnant. Propecia should not be used in children.

    Do not use Propecia if it gives you an allergic reaction, or if you have had an allergic reaction to Proscar.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Propecia?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Propecia. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver disease.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adult men: The recommended dosage is a single 1-milligram (mg) tablet once a day.

  • How should I take Propecia?

    Take Propecia regularly once a day, with or without food. Do not take more than one tablet a day. Propecia will not work faster or better if you take it more often.

  • What should I avoid while taking Propecia?

    There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activities during treatment with Propecia unless your doctor directs otherwise.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Propecia?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Propecia at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Propecia?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions (such as rash, itching, hives, or swelling of the lips and face), decreased sex drive, impotence, decreased amount of semen or problems with ejaculation, breast changes, testicular pain

  • Can I receive Propecia if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Propecia should not be used in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Women who are pregnant, or think they might be pregnant, should not handle crushed or broken Propecia tablets due to the potential risk to a developing baby.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Propecia?

    Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Propecia?

    Store at room temperature.

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