What is Propecia?
This medication is employed for the treatment of male pattern hair loss, most specifically on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area.
Below are a number of key points you should consider before taking Propecia. As with all prescription drugs, consult a medical professional prior starting take Propecia.
Propecia is for use by men only and should not be used by women or children. Finasteride, the active ingredient in Propecia, can be absorbed through the skin, and women or children should not be permitted handle this medication.
While under treatment with Propecia, if you notice any breast lumps, pain, nipple discharge, or other breast changes you should call your doctor immediately as these may be signs of male breast cancer.
Propecia tablets should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant. The tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling. If the tablets become broken and/or crushed and a woman accidentally comes in contact with the medication, she should wash the area with soap and water right away and contact her doctor.
What should I know before taking Propecia?
Below are guidelines you should follow when taking Propecia:
Take Propecia as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more pills than prescribed (i.e., increase the dosage) or for longer than your doctor has indicated.
Before taking Propecia, you should inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- a bladder muscle disorder;
- liver disease, or abnormal liver enzyme tests;
- stricture of your urethra;
- prostate cancer;
- if you are unable turinate; or
- if you have ever had an allergic reaction ta similar medicine called dutasteride (Avodart).
While under treatment with Propecia, your blood may need to be checked often. It is important that you visit your doctor regularly while using this medication. In addition, your doctor may at lest your prostate specific antigen (PSA) tcheck for prostate cancer.
Propecia is meant as a daily medication, at least for the first three months. Because the medication can really works if you continue taking it. But, if you have taken Propecia for twelve months and haven’t seen a visible improvement in hair loss in the vertex or anterior mid-scalp area, further treatment is unlikely not benefit. If you stop taking Propecia, you will likely lose the hair you have gained within 12 months of stopping treatment.
You should store Propecia away from moisture, heat, and light in a tightly closed container.
The active ingredient in Propecia is Finasteride.
How it Works
Male pattern hair loss is a common condition in which men experience thinning of the hair on the scalp which can result in a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head. To prevent this condition, Propecia prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body.
It is not known of any specific drugs that interact with Propecia. It is recommended that you tell your doctor about any medications you use prior beginning treatment with Propecia. This can include prescription medication, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal supplements. While under treatment with Propecia, you should not start any new medications without first speaking with your doctor.
Side effects of Finasteride
- swelling in your hands or feet;
- impotence, loss of interest in sex, or trouble having an orgasm;
- feeling like you might pass out;
- abnormal ejaculation;
- swelling or tenderness in your breasts;
- dizziness, weakness;
- runny nose; or
- skin rash.
These side effects are not comprehensive and you should speak with your doctor about any abnormal reactions you are having while under treatment with Propecia.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will Propecia grow hair back on my entire scalp?
No. Propecia targets hair loss at the vertex and anterior mid-scalp regions. It may or may not affect other parts of the scalp.
What’s in Propecia? The active ingredient in Propecia is Finasteride
How does Propecia work? Male pattern hair loss is a common condition in which men experience thinning of the hair on the scalp which can result in a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head. To prevent this condition, Propecia prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body.
Are there any drugs I can’t take in combination with Propecia?
is not known of any specific drugs that interact with Propecia. It is recommended that you tell your doctor about any medications you use prior to beginning treatment with Propecia. This can include prescription medication, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal supplements. While under treatment with Propecia, you should not start any new medications without first speaking with your doctor.
Can Propecia cause an allergic reaction? If so, what are the signs?
Yes. Some people have developed a reaction to Finasteride, the active ingredient in Propecia. Some of the symptoms may include shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin.
What happens if I miss a dose of Propecia?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up any missed doses.