Chemical Name: FINASTERIDE (fi-NAS-teer-ide)
PROPECIA(Finasteride) is a medication prescribed to treat and prevent male pattern baldness in male patients.
Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) typically occurs in adults over the age of 18. In men with this condition, the scalp contains hair follicles with an increased amount of receptors for dihydrotestosterone (DHT) compared to those without male pattern baldness. DHT receptors often increase with age.
PROPECIA works by lowering the amount of circulating DHT, preventing the destruction of hair follicles. PROPECIA is a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor and works by preventing enzyme 5-alpha-reductase from converting testosterone to DHT.
PROPECIA may take several weeks or months to begin showing a noticeable effect. PROPECIA must be taken every day to work effectively.
The normal directions are to take 1 mg by mouth once daily with or without food.
Take PROPECIA exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
The active ingredient in PROPECIA is finasteride.
Finasteride 1 mg is the name for generic PROPECIA.
PROPECIA is not indicated for the treatment or prevention of baldness in women or children.
Pregnant women should not handle PROPECIA tablets because they can absorb through the skin and cause birth defects.
Use with caution if you have a history of hepatic impairment, as PROPECIA is metabolized extensively in the liver.
The most common adverse effects that happen when taking PROPECIA include:
- Decreased libido
- Ejaculation disorder
- Erectile dysfunction
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for a full list of side effects that apply to you