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Propecia additional information
Propecia, common uses
Propecia is indicated for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) in adult men only.
Efficacy in bitemporal recession has not been established.
Propecia comes as a tablet, containing 1 mg. finasteride, to take by mouth.
The recommended dosage is 1 mg once a day to be administrated with or without meals.
In general, daily use for three months or more is necessary before benefit is observed. Continued use is recommended to sustain benefit. If Propecia has not worked in 12 months, it is unlikely to be of benefit.
Withdrawal of treatment leads to gradual reversal of effect within 12 months.
Propecia is for men only. Women who are or may potentially be pregnant must not use Propecia because of the risk that the finasteride may cause a specific kind of birth defect. Likewise, women should avoid handling tablets that are crushed or broken. Propecia tablets are coated to prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling.
Possible side effects
Like all prescription products, Propecia may cause side effects. Side effects from Propecia are uncommon, though, and do not affect most men. A small number of men experience certain sexual side effects; less desire for sex; difficulty in achieving an erection; and, a decrease in the amount of semen. Each of these side effects occur in less than 2% of the men using Propecia and they go away when stopping taking Propecia. They also disappear in most men who continue taking Propecia.
In general use, the following have been reported: allergic reactions including rash, itching, hives and swelling of the lips and face; problems with ejaculation; breast tenderness and enlargement; and testicular pain. You should promptly report to your doctor any changes in your breasts such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge. Tell your doctor promptly about these or any other unusual side effects.
Propecia can affect a blood test called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA test done, you should tell your doctor that you are taking Propecia.
If overdose of Propecia is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Keep Propecia in a tightly closed container and out of reach of children. Store Propecia at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of Propecia is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
Consult your health care professional before you buy Propecia.