Finasteride

Description

Finasteride is used only in men in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and male pattern hair loss. It may take several months to show its effect. This medicine may affect the ejaculation even after stopping the treatment and you may need several days to recover.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Finasteride

  • Chills or cold sweats
  • Breast tenderness
  • Skin rash
  • Swelling of face and lips
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Decreased interest in sexual intercourse
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Runny Nose
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain

Uses of Finasteride

What is it prescribed for?

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Androgenetic Alopecia
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed in 6 months in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia patients and in at least 3 months in hair loss patients.
  • Duration of effect
    The time until which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to finasteride.

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Liver disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of liver diseases due to the increased risk of liver injury. Close monitoring of liver function is necessary while receiving the medicine.

Effect on Women

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women or women who are planning to become pregnant due to the risk of potentially harmful effects on the fetus.

Pediatric patients

The safety and efficacy of this medicine have not been established for pediatric patients. Hence, this medicine is not recommended for use in pediatric patients.

Missed Dose

The missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is already the time for your next scheduled dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Diltiazem

Itraconazole

Nelfinavir

Disease interactions

Urinary tract obstruction

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with urinary tract obstruction disorders. Report any history of urinary tract disorders or any active urinary tract disorders to the doctor before taking this medicine. An alternate treatment option should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Finasteride as instructed by the doctor. Do not take larger amounts than prescribed. For hair growth, this medicine is recommended only for men. It may take at least 3 months for you to see the hair growth. You will lose the hair that was grown after stopping the treatment. Do not stop taking this medicine without informing your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by blocking the production of a male hormone. This helps in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and male pattern hair loss.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

5-alpha-reductase inhibitors

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01216

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/25803

Finasteride: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 24 July 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a698016.html

DailyMed - FINASTERIDE- finasteride tablet [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 24 July 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=81b424d3-8418-4497-9395-59eae6755230

Propecia, Proscar (finasteride) dosing, indications, interactions, adverse effects, and more [Internet]. Reference.medscape.com. 2017 [cited 24 July 2017]. Available from:

http://reference.medscape.com/drug/propecia-proscar-finasteride-342824

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 24 July 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

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Information on this page was last updated on 27 Jul 2017

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