Finasteride common brand name Proscar or Propecia is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. It comes in 2 different strengths, a 1 mg and a 5 mg. The 1 mg is used to treat male pattern hair loss and the 5mg is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is usually a once daily dosing. Today we are focusing on finasteride used for male pattern hair loss. Finasteride does not affect hair on other parts of the body which is good news and it is not used to treat hair loss in women or children.
Very important note, if you are a woman and you are pregnant, Please Avoid handling finasteride, because, accidental swallowing or finasteride powder sipping through your skin, if you have a male baby, it can cause sex organs abnormalities to your baby. So, If this has happened to you, see your doctor immediately.
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Finasteride is a doctor’s prescription medication, before you take it, make sure you tell your doctor if you are allergic to anything, if you have any other medical conditions or are on any other medications.
How do you take it?
Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water. Swallow whole means whole, which means not to cut, break, crush or chew the tablets. It does not matter if you take it before or after food. Take it at the same time every day to form a habit so you won’t forget to take it. Set an alarm to remind you if you need to. Continue to take finasteride for as long as your doctor tells you to. Now, Finasteride’s effect is not immediate. For male pattern hair loss, it may take at least 3 months to see an effect. The hair growth will only last for as long as the medicine is used. The new hair will be lost within 1 year after the medicine is stopped. When you are using finasteride, there should be no need to change your usual hair care routine such as shampooing or haircuts.
Side Effects: All medicines, even natural herbal medicines come with side effects. Some side effects are severe and need medical attention immediately but most of these severe side effects are usually rare. Most side effects are mild and short lived. When a doctor chooses to prescribe you a medicine, he or she would have weighed out that the benefit exceeds the risk.
Now, I am about to list some side effects of finasteride. Do not be alarmed by it. You may not even experience any of them. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you.
Some of the common side effects of finasteride which are usually mild are 1. Difficulty erecting 2. Decrease in sexual desire 3. Decrease in semen release during sex. Note this decrease does not appear to interfere with normal sexual function. In clinical trials, the side effects I just mentioned before disappeared in men who stopped taking finasteride, as well as in many men who continued treatment. Problems with ejaculation that continue after stopping medication have been reported as well but infrequently. Tell your doctor if you notice this and it worries you.
Some serious side effects which are uncommon that you need medical attention immediately are · breast swelling or tenderness. In rare cases, male breast cancer has been reported · breast lumps, pain or discharge from the nipples · skin rash, itchiness · hives · testicle pain · blood in semen · depression, feeling of severe sadness or unworthiness including suicidal thoughts.
If you experience an allergic anaphylactic reaction to finasteride which is really rare, where you experience · shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing · swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, face or other parts of the body · rash, itching or hives on the skin, you need to go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital or call an ambulance.
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This video is for general information only and should not be used to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Pharmacist Soonkie has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but makes no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.