What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is a medicine created to prevent the testosterone conversion in the male body. After conversion testosterone becomes a dihydrotestosterone (DNT) – a hormone that influences the development of baldness. Finasteride treats both the symptoms of prostatic hyperplasia and hair loss in men. There other uses of Finasteride that are not mentioned here.
Finasteride is a product for men only.
Information about Finasteride
A person should not use Finasteride if they are allergic to it. It is also should never be taken by women or children. Please note, that Finasteride is absorbed through skin and should not be carried by women or children.
Uncontrollable use of Finasteride may result in the development of prostate cancer. Always consult with doctor before taking the medicine and don’t forget to mention if you have:
- Problems with liver of any kind
- Prostate cancer
- Problems with bladder or urethra
- If you are allergic to similar medicine
Pregnant women should not take Finasteride or handle tablets as it can lead to birth defects. If a woman accidentally came into contact with Finasteride tablets, she should wash her hands with soap.
How to take Finasteride?
To use Finasteride safely, a person should make some blood tests to make sure there are no preventing conditions for starting the course. It is important to follow the prescription label. Don’t take smaller or larger doses of the medicine, and do not prolong the course. Take the pill with a glass of water. It doesn’t matter if you take Finasteride with or without food. It is better to take the pill every day at the same time.
Finasteride should be taken regularly to get the most effect. If you run out of the medicine, refill your prescription beforehand.
It may take up to 3 months for the medicine to work. A person should take the medicine as prescribed and inform the doctor if there are no changes. It is recommended to make blood tests during the course of Finasteride. The doctor will control your health in general and will take a test to check for prostate cancer.
The tablets should be stored at a room temperature, away from heat and bright light. The bottle should be tightly closed.
Finasteride dosing information
An adult man should take 1 mg tablet of Finasteride orally once a day. Take a glass of water with a tablet. Finasteride can be taken with or without food.
If you miss the right time to take a tablet, take the next one as normal. You should not take a double dose in any case.
For any additional instructions feel free to read the product leaflet.
Finasteride is efficient for treatment of alopecia in men only. The safety and efficacy of the medicine have been analyzed in a group of men (18-41 years old) with mild hair loss of the anterior mid scalp area and of the vertex.
- Finasteride is for 3 months course or more to achieve a successful result. To sustain benefit a continued use is recommended.
- If you stop taking the medicine before the end of the course, you will lose the effect from the treatment within 12 months.
Finasteride is a medicine, so it has a number of side effects which can occur in some cases. Some of the side-effects are temporary and disappear after you finished the course.
The following side effects are extremely important and should not be ignored.
- Swelling of the face, lips or tongue, throat.
- Problems with swallowing
- Itching, skin rash
- Difficulties with breathing
- Pain and enlargement of the breast
The following other side effects have been reported:
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
- decreased sexual drive
- erectile dysfunction
- problems with ejaculation, such as a decreased volume of ejaculation
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
- pain in the testicles
- fast heartbeat
- persistent difficulty having an erection after discontinuation of treatment
- infertility has been reported in men who took finasteride for a long time and had other risk factors that may affect fertility. Normalisation or improvement of seminal quality has been reported after discontinuation of finasteride. Long-term clinical studies about the effect of finasteride on fertility in men have not been conducted.
- changes in the way your liver is working, which can be shown by a blood test
The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from the PDF-version from this website because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged or the medicine is from another brand.