FINASTERIDE - ORAL (HAIR GROWTH) (fin-AST-er-ide) COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Propecia. The following Information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
This drug is taken orally. 1 tablet per day. PROPECIA is the brand name for Finasteride, which acts to inhibit the conversion of the androgen (male hormone) testosterone into 5-alpha-dihydrotesterone (DHT). In men each hair follicle contains tiny amounts of DHT. As male pattern baldness begins the amount of DHT contained in each follicle increases. PROPECIA through its inhibitory action serves to reverse this process by decreasing the amount of DHT in the hair follicle and in the blood.
In multiple clinical studies adverse reactions were noted to be rare and did not affect most men. The most common adverse reaction was decreased libido that appeared to occur in less then 2.0% of men taking this medicine. The problem quickly resolved in all cases upon the discontinuation of the medication.
PROPECIA tablets are film coated; therefore women can safely handle the intact tablet. Nonetheless, a crushed or broken tablet should not be handled by women who are pregnant or who may be pregnant due to potential adverse effects of this medication on the male fetus. Caution should be used when men with liver disorders take PROPECIA. This medicine is broken down by liver-enzymes. Therefore, in patients with liver disease PROPECIA can cause hepatitis (liver inflammation), although this problem is seen very rarely.
PROPECIA does not appear too have any significant interactions with other drugs taken concomitantly.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you rememeber; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Keep this medication and all other medications out of the reach of children.