Prescription Medication Information


Propecia (Finasteride) is an androgen hormone inhibitor used to treat male pattern hair loss in men only.

How to take Propecia

Follow the directions for using Propecia provided by your physician. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medication. Propecia may be taken on an empty stomach or with food.

Side Effects
A side effect that may occur while taking Propecia is a change in sexual function. If it continues or is bothersome, check with your doctor. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience the following side effects or symptoms of toxicity: skin rash or swelling of lips. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. Before using Propecia, inform your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking.

Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, or pregnancy. Use of Propecia is not recommended if you are female. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using Propecia.

It may take several months for Propecia to work. Do not stop taking this medicine without checking with your doctor. Stopping Propecia will result in a return within 12 months to the same amount of baldness as when you started. Keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while you are taking Propecia.

Before you begin taking any new medicine, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Any woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle crushed or broken tablets.

If a woman who is pregnant comes in contact with crushed or broken tablets of Propecia, contact your doctor as soon as possible. If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Missed dosage
If you miss a dose of Propecia and you remember the same day, take it as soon as possible. If you do not remember until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses of Propecia at once.

Do not share Propecia with others for whom it was not prescribed. Do not use this medicine for other health conditions. Keep Propecia and all medications out of the reach of children. If using Propecia for an extended period of time, obtain refills before your supply runs out.

This information regarding Propecia is intended to supplement, not substitute the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of Propecia is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using Propecia.

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