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Important: Finasteride 5mg is NOT FOR HAIR LOSS it is for an
1mg finasteride is what is used for hair loss.
Finasteride has two common uses: to treat male pattern baldness,
and to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy, more commonly known as
an enlarged prostate. In some cases it may be used to treat other
conditions as well.
Finasteride helps alleviate symptoms but is not a cure for either
Who Uses Finasteride?
Men typically use Finasteride to treat male pattern baldness or an
Most men (2 out of 3) taking Finasteride for male pattern baldness
experience visible regrowth of hair within 3 months of starting
treatment. Some men do not experience regrowth, but will not
experience further loss of hair either.
An enlarged prostate can produce a number of unpleasant and painful
side effects, and may lead to more serious conditions or even
surgery to release trapped urine. Finasteride offers relief from a
number of enlarged prostate symptoms:
- Difficulty urinating
- Decreased urine flow
- Nighttime urination
- Hesitation at the start of urination
- Feeling like the bladder is full
- Urine retention
It may take 3 to 6 months of treatment before the full effects of
Finasteride are felt.
Finasteride is for adult men only. It is completely ineffective in
women and children, and may harm male fetuses if the product is
handled by pregnant women.
How Does it Work?
The mechanisms involved in this treatment are relatively complex.
Essentially Finasteride inhibits the production of an enzyme called
. 5-alpha-reductase interacts with
testosterone to produce dihydrotestosterone
Dihydrotestosterone contributes to the conditions being treated;
male pattern baldness and enlarged prostates.
By lowering the levels of 5-alpha-reductase, less of it is
available to interact with testosterone, so less
dihydrotestosterone is produced. With dramatically reduced levels
of dihydrotestosterone, its negative effects will gradually begin
The beneficial effects of Finasteride will begin to diminish if
treatment stops, as the levels of dihydrotestosterone will begin to
increase once again.
How is it Used?
Finasteride is a tablet typically taken once a day, around the same
time each day, with or without food.
A missed dose should be taken when remembered, or skipped entirely
if it is near time for the next dose.
Treatment very often spans years. In the vast majority of cases,
the benefits of treatment will reverse once treatment has stopped,
unless an underlying cause of the condition has been discovered and
addressed. This means regrown hair may be lost and the prostate may
once again become enlarged. Do not stop taking this medication
without first speaking to a physician.
It may take some time for the full effects of the medication to be
seen; up to 3 months for male pattern baldness and up to 6 months
for an enlarged prostate.
Active ingredient: finasteride
Inactive ingredients: docusate sodium, pregelatinized starch,
titanium dioxide, microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropyl
methylcellulose, sodium starch glycolate, hydrous lactose,
magnesium stearate, hydroxypropyl cellulose LF, talc, FD&C Blue
2 aluminum lake, yellow iron oxide
Patients with known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients
in Cialis should not take this product.
Side effects associated with Finasteride are mild and most
disappear completely once the body adjusts to treatment.
A small percentage of men may experience decreased libido or
impotence. If this occurs, discuss possible alternatives or
solutions with a physician.
Patients should read the information provided with this
medication for a complete list of possible adverse effects and
interactions prior to taking Finasteride or any other
Contraindications and Interactions:
Pregnant women should not handle Finasteride tablets.
Finasteride may interact with other prescription and
These interactions are not
always serious but may interfere with effectiveness. The
prescribing physician should be made aware of all prescription and
non-prescription medications being taken for the duration of