Propecia is used to cure different types of male pattern baldness and it increases hair growth, improves hair re-growth, and slows down hair loss.
Propecia is to be taken once a day with or without a meal. However, you may take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
You should try and take your doses on time taking care not to miss any. But if you do miss a dose, then you may take it as soon as you remember and adjust your remaining doses. Alternatively, you may skip it and continue with your regular dose. But do not take a double dose.
Store it at room temperature away from moisture.
Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Use Propecia with caution if you have liver problems. Do not drive or handle heavy machinery until you know how to react to the drug. Use only if prescribed.
Before taking finasteride, tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this medication, or to a similar medicine called dutasteride (Avodart). Finasteride should never be taken by a woman or a child. Finasteride can be absorbed through the skin, and women or children should not be permitted to handle finasteride tablets. Although finasteride is not for use by women, this medication can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it during pregnancy. Finasteride tablets should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant. If a woman accidentally comes into contact with this medication from a broken or crushed tablet, wash the area with soap and water right away. Call your doctor at once if you notice any breast lumps, pain, nipple discharge, or other breast changes. These may be signs of male breast cancer.
There may be other drugs that can interact with finasteride. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Possible Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you notice any breast lumps, pain, nipple discharge, or other breast changes. These may be signs of male breast cancer. Less serious side effects may include:
feeling like you might pass out;
swelling in your hands or feet;
pain in the testicles;
impotence, loss of interest in sex, or trouble having an orgasm;
swelling or tenderness in your breasts;
runny nose; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.
Do not share this drug with others.