What is Generic Propecia?
Finasteride is used for the treatment of certain types of male hair loss (Alopecia). The drug belongs to a group of medicines called Type II ‘5-alpha reductase inhibitors’. Finasteride is not for use in women.
How does the hair on a human head grow?
On average ahuman hair grows about 1 centimetre (half an inch) each month. Hair grows from hair follicles, which are located under the skin. A single scalp hair grows continuously for 2-4 years (growth phase) and then stops growing for 2-4 months (rest phase). After this the hair falls out. In its place a new healthy hair begins to grow, and the cycle is repeated. The hairs on ahuman scalp are always in different stages of this cycle so it is normal to lose scalp hair every day.
About male pattern hair loss
Male pattern hair loss is a common condition in which men experience thinning of the hair on the scalp, often resulting in a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head. This condition is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic factors and a particular hormone, DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT causes a decrease in the growth phase and thinning of the hair (see picture). This leads to male pattern hair loss. These changes can start to occur in some men in their 20s and become more common with age. Once hair loss has occurred over a long period of time, the hair may be permanently lost.
Consulting with a doctor before taking the drug
Doctor need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- if you are female (finasteride is not for use in women)
- kidney disease or infection
- liver disease
- prostate cancer
- an unusual or allergic reaction to finasteride, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
Take finasteride tablets by mouth. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If you do not remember until the next day, take only that day's dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Generic Propecia interactions
- some blood pressure medications
- male hormones (example: testosterone)
- saw palmetto
- soy isoflavones supplements
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
Watch for the following issues while taking the medicine;
Do not donate blood until at least 6 months after your final dose of finasteride. This will prevent giving finasteride to a pregnant female through a blood transfusion.
Contact your prescriber or health care professional if there is no improvement in your symptoms. You may need to take finasteride for 6 to 12 months to get the best results.
Women who are pregnant or may get pregnant must not handle broken or crushed finasteride tablets; the active ingredient could harm the unborn baby. If a pregnant woman comes into contact with broken or crushed finasteride tablets she should check with her prescriber or health care professional. Exposure to whole tablets is not expected to cause harm as long as they are not swallowed.
Finasteride can interfere with PSA laboratory tests for prostate cancer. If you are scheduled to have a lab test for prostate cancer, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking finasteride.
Appecia side effects
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- breast enlargement or tenderness
- skin rash
- sexual difficulties (less sexual desire or ability to get an erection)
- small amount of semen released during sex
This list may not describe all possible side effects.
Appecia for benign prostatic hyperplasia
Finasteride can also be used for a type of prostate problem called ‘benign prostatic hyperplasia’ or BPH. Information collected from a clinical trial in men taking finasteride 5 mg (a dose 5 times higher than Propecia) for 7 years showed:
- the number of men who developed prostate cancer was lower in men taking finasteride compared with those taking nothing
- the number of men who had a high score in a tumour grading system was higher in some of those taking finasteride compared to those taking nothing
- the effect of long-term use of finasteride on tumours of this kind is unknown.
Keeping the medicine
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.