PROPECIA DRUG INFO
IMPORTANT NOTE: The
following information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate
that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
FINASTERIDE - ORAL (HAIR GROWTH) (fin-AST-er-ide)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Propecia
USES: This medication is used to
treat male pattern hair loss and is to be used only by adult men.
HOW TO USE: Take one tablet daily or as directed by your
doctor. This drug may be taken with or without meals. This drug
usually must be taken regularly for 3 months for the benefits to
be noticeable. Once treatment is stopped, any gain in hair quantity
will be lost. If this medication is crushed prior to administration,
it must not be handled by women who are pregnant or who may become
SIDE EFFECTS: Unlikely to occur
but the possible side effects include impotence, decreased sex drive
or decrease in amount of ejaculate. If you notice other effects
not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this drug, tell your doctor your
medical history, especially of: liver disease, prostate cancer,
urinary tract disease and drug allergies. Finasteride should not
be used in women or children. The drug can be absorbed through the
skin. If the film coating of the tablet has been broken or the tablet
crushed, it should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or
plans to become pregnant. Any contact with finasteride by a developing
male fetus could result in abnormalities of the external genitalia.
Finasteride must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant
or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. It
is not known if finasteride is excreted into breast milk. However,
this drug is not indicated for use in women.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor
of all over-the-counter and prescription medication you may use.
Do not start or stop any medicine without a doctor or pharmacist's
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
NOTES: Do not share this drug
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose,
take it as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time
for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your
usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to
at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.