What is Finpecia (Finasteride) used for?
Finpecia (Finasteride) belongs to a class of medications known as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, and it is indicated for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (a receding hairline on the top of the scalp). This drug is clinically proven to promote new hair growth and to stop the balding process. It does this by preventing testosterone from being converted into DHT (dihydrotestosterone, a type of hormone that can contribute to baldness by damaging the follicles).
DHT can also cause the prostate to become enlarged, which may lead to a poor urine flow and other related symptoms. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Taking this drug may help to reduce the size of the prostate in patients affected by this condition, which in turn helps to provide relief from urination problems.
How should I use Finpecia (Finasteride)?
As with other medications, a medical consultation is essential before your physician can prescribe Finpecia (Finasteride) to you. Adult men who are using this drug as a baldness treatment may be instructed by their physician to take a dose of 1mg (equal to one tablet) each day. Results will not be visible instantly, and in most cases, 3 months of treatment (or more) are required before the positive effects are noticed. If you stop taking this medicine, you will lose any hair that has been regrown within 9 to 12 months. The dosage for urination problems caused by BPH is different, and in some cases, patients treating this condition have been prescribed 5mg per day.
What are the side effects of Finpecia (Finasteride)?
Taking Finpecia (Finasteride) tablets may cause some patients to experience side effects, including:
Discuss any reactions that occur with your physician. Remember that if any severe side effects are noticed, you will need to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
These tablets are not prescribed to female patients or children, and are only for use in adult males.
Women who are pregnant must never handle the tablets. This is because doing so may result in a small amount of the medication being absorbed into the blood through the skin, which could result in damage to the unborn baby.