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 your needs as
they relate to thinning hair.
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 of Propecia 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. It is important to note that once treatment ceases, 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 are attempting to 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.
PROPEICA PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have liver disease.
You may not be able to take finasteride, or you may need a lower dose or special monitoring
during treatment. Propecia is intended for use by men only. Finasteride is not indicated
for use by women. Do not take or handle this medication if you are pregnant or are could become
pregnant during treatment. Finasteride is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that it
is known to cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Women who are or who may become pregnant
must not handle crushed or broken finasteride tablets. The medication could be absorbed through
the skin. Propecia is known to cause birth defects in a developing of the male gender. Exposure to
whole tablets should be avoided whenever possible, however exposure to whole tablets is not
expected to be harmful as long as the tablets are not swallowed. It is not known whether
finasteride passes into breast milk. Propecia is not intended for use by women who are experiencing problems with thinning hair.
Do not take this medication if you are breast-feeding a baby.
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 of Propecia 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.