What is Finasteride for:
This medication is a synthetic antiandrogen, prescribed for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostate cancer, and hair loss. It prevents testosterone conversion in to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body.
How does Finasteride work:
Finasteride lowers prostate growth by lowering testosterone levels. It helps hair regrowth and slows hair loss.
How should Finasteride be used:
PO- The recommended dose is 5 mg orally once a day. It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.
Common side effects of Finasteride :
Change in sex ability. This most often goes back to normal. A fast growing prostate cancer may rarely happen.
What do I do if I miss a dose
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
What precautions should I take when taking Finasteride :
Finasteride must not be taken by children or women. – Alert your doctor if you ever had prostate cancer. – Do not donate blood while being treated with Finasteride.
When do I need to seek medical help
If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. A lump in the breast, breast soreness, or nipple discharge. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Can I take Finasteride with other medicines:
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Are there any food restrictions
How do I store Finasteride :
Store it at room temperature (30°C).
Category X : Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities andor there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Drugs for Bladder & Prostate Disorders , Other Dermatologicals