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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 condition.
Who Uses Finasteride?
Men typically use Finasteride to treat male pattern baldness or an enlarged prostate.
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:
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. 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 to reverse.
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 medication.
Contraindications and Interactions:
Pregnant women should not handle Finasteride tablets.
Finasteride may interact with other prescription and non-prescription medications. 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 treatment.