Finasteride

How It Works:

Finasteride belongs to class of medications called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. It acts by inhibiting conversion of testosterone into the more potent androgen, dihydrotestosterone. This leads to reduction in prostate size, with improvement in urinary flow rate and in obstructive symptoms. It also reduces androgen activity in the scalp that stops hair growth.

Side Effects:

itching of skin, problems with erection, inability to achieve an erection, allergic reactions, infertility, mood alterations with depressive symptom, decreased sexual desire, red raised itchy skin rash and swelling of the lips and face, palpitation, breast tenderness and enlargement, Decreased volume of ejaculate, testicular pain, including rash, pale, increase liver enzyme.

Used For:

Finasteride is used to relieve symptoms of elarged prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). It is also used for treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).

Instructions:

  • Do not start or continue finasteride and consult your doctor, if you have liver disease, if you have to undergo prostate specific antigen assay or if you notice breast enlargement and tenderness.
  • Caution should be maintained by women, children and adolescents while handling leaking finasteride capsules, because the active ingredient can be absorbed through the skin. 
  • Wash the affected area immediately with soap and water if there is any contact with the skin. Use a condom during sexual intercourse.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is finasteride a steroid?No, it belongs to class of medication called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.
Q. Is finasteride FDA approved?Finasteride is approved by FDA. for the treatment and control of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in patients with an enlarged prostate and also in treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
Q. Is finasteride 5mg/Proscar/finasteride 1mg safe?Finasteride 5mg/Proscar/finasteride 1 mg is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is finasteride available as over the count drug?No, it is available as prescription drug.
Q. Is finasteride is available in India?Yes, finasteride is available in India.
Q. Can I take proscar for hair loss?No, Proscar (finasteride 5mg) is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take finasteride with biotin/ antidepressant/ testosterone/ alcohol/ vitamins/ tamsulosin/ steroids?No clinically significant drug interaction has been observed with these drugs. Patients should follow doctor’s advice for its use.
Q. Can I take finasteride with food?Yes, it can be taken with or without food. Patient should fallow doctor’s advice regarding the same.
Q. Can finasteride regrow hair?Finasteride (1 mg)/Propacia (1 mg) is used in the treatment of male pattern hair loss.
Q. Does finasteride cause depression/infertility/weight gain/ impotence/lower testosterone/lower blood pressure/shedding?Finasteride may cause impotence, infertility. Always follow doctor’s advice regarding possible side effect.
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