finasteride

What is Finasteride and why is it used?

Finasteride is a drug sold under various brand names, Proscar and Propecia being the popular ones. It used by men to treat an enlarged prostate or hair loss in men. It is also used by women to treat excessive hair growth and as hormone therapy for transgender women.

How to take Finasteride?

The dosage of the medicine varies as per patients and their medical conditions. It is advised to consult your doctor before taking it or follow the instructions given on the label.

Below shared is the dosage as per average needs. Also, it depends on the amount, strength and the intervals you take in between the doses.

For hair loss in Men

A generic Finasteride can be taken in the form of an oral tablet of 1 mg strength.

An oral Propecia brand tablet of 1 mg strength.

A typical dosage for an adult can be 1 mg per day.

This drug is not prescribed for children (0-17 years)

This drug is not prescribed for children (0-17 years)

For Benign prostatic hyperplasia

A generic Finasteride can be taken in the form of an oral tablet of 5 mg strength.

An oral Proscar brand tablet of 5 mg strength.

A typical dosage for an adult can be 5 mg per day

This drug is not prescribed for children (0-17 years)

Disclaimer: The information regarding the dosage is not any medical advice substitute. It is as per a relevant source. We always advise you to take proper guidance of your doctor to know the correct dosage for you.

Side effects of Finasteride

Common side effects

  • Ejaculation disorder
  • Skin Rash
  • Increase in breast size
  • Poor sex drive
  • Trouble getting an erection

If the above-shared side effects stay for long, you must visit your doctor.

Serious Side Effects

  • Lumps or pain in breasts
  • Swollen face, throat, tongue or lips
  • Discharge from nipple
  • Depression

If you see any sign of any serious effect, visit your doctor immediately.

Disclaimer: The information regarding the side effects is not any medical advice substitute. It is as per a relevant source. We always advise you to take proper guidance of your doctor to know the correct dosage for you.

Side effects of Finasteride if taken with other medications

Any drug taken with any sort of medicine changes the way it reacts so it is advised to check with your doctor before mixing it with any other medicine.

Also, you must inform your doctor about any sort of supplements, vitamins, herbs you take while you start taking Finasteride so that you do not have to face any health repercussions.

Allergic Effects

There are several allergic reactions caused by Finasteride which can cause symptoms like swollen face or throat, hives or difficulty in breathing. If you feel any such symptom after taking the medicine, visit your doctor immediately.

Also, do not take this medicine ever again if you felt any allergic reaction as the results may be fatal.

Who shouldn’t ever consider taking Finasteride?

People with conditions should never consider taking this medicine:

  • People with prostate cancer: Finasteride makes the condition of people suffering from prostate cancer worse by increasing the chance of growing the cancer
  • People with liver disease: This drug is processed in the liver. This might increase the side effects.
  • Pregnant Women: Women who are planning to get pregnant soon or who are pregnant should never consider this drug as it may cause problems in childbirth
  • Children: The drug is not prescribed for children of any age