The main component of Propecia is finasteride. This is an inhibitor of an intracellular enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.
This medication is used in the treatment of hair loss in men, specifically male patterned baldness. It reduces hair loss that occurs on the crown and the middle of the scalp. Propecia works by decreasing the amount of dihydrotestetosterone (DHT) produced by the body. The decrease in this hormone leads to a rise in hair growth while simultaneously preventing hair loss.
Propecia does not affect the growth of hair on any other part of the body.
Contact your doctor to learn about all the benefits this medication can provide you with.
Always use the prescription that your physician has provided you with. Do not use this medication in a lower or higher dosage than instructed.
Propecia should be taken orally.
The total recommended dosage for this medication is 1 mg. This should be taken once daily.
It may take more than 3 months to see any results from the consumption of Propecia. In the event that you stop taking this medication, any results that you have achieved will be reversed within a year.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If your next scheduled dose is due soon, skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses at once.
In the event of an overdose, contact your local medical emergency services immediately.
The most common side effects experienced with Propecia are:
Change in skin temperature
Increase in sweating
Lightheadedness, especially when standing up from a seated position
Decrease in libido
The less common side effects experienced with this medication are:
Puffiness of the face, body, or limbs
Swelling of breasts and soreness
Changes in weight
Unusual feelings in the limbs
In the event that you experience any of these side effects, call your physician immediately.
Women and children should not consume Propecia. This medication can be absorbed by the skin and should not be handled by women or children.
This medication can cause birth defects in fetuses. In the event that a pregnant woman comes into contact with it, they should wash their hands immediately.
Do not take Propecia if you are allergic to finasteride or dutasteride.
Inform your physician if you have a history of liver, bladder, or kidney disease.
Do not take this medication if you have prostate cancer. This medication may also increase the possibility of prostate cancer.
Inform your doctor if you have noticed any physical or functional changes in your breasts. This may be a symptom of male breast cancer.
Inform your physician if you have noticed any physical or functional changes to your genitilia.
This medication may alter the results of lab tests done to detect prostate cancer. Inform your doctor and lab technician that you are taking Propecia before the tests are done.
Inform your physician of any herbal supplement or medications that you may be prescribed before taking this medication.