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finasteride

This medicine is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement). It is also used to treat male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) in men. 

Contradications

Due to interference with testosterone metabolism, this medicine may cause gross abnormalities in the genitalia of the male fetus. 

Side effects

Side effects include the following: Decreased libido, decreased volume of ejaculation, breast disorders and impotence. 

Expert Advice

Store this medicine in a cool, dry place, away from heat.

Avoid this medication if:

  • You are allergic to this medicine or its contents.

Consult your doctor:

  • If you are pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • If you have a significant medical history, such as kidney or liver diseases, heart disease, blood pressure, cataracts or glaucoma.
  • If you experience any sort of sexual problems.
  • Inform your doctor if you have a family history of heart problems
  • If your symptoms are not improving with this medication within the prescribed time.
  • If you experience any unfavorable symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, or an irregular heartbeat.

Be careful about:

  • Using this drug when you are experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, or low magnesium for any other reasons. Consult your doctor about how to use this medicine.
  • The use of alcohol. This should be limited.
  • Do not chew the medicine, or crush it.
  • Try to avoid sudden movements. Try to get up slowly when you are lying down, to avoid dizziness

 

FAQs

Will this drug stop my prostate from growing further?

This drug is used to treat an enlarged prostrate because it stops the prostate from growing, and may even reduce its size.

Can women and children use this drug?

This medicine is not recommended for women or children. Women who are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant should avoid handling this medicine.

Indications:

This medicine is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement). It is also used to treat male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) in men.

Administration:

This medicine is mostly taken through the mouth. The dosage is dependent on the age, condition and its severity. Please consult a doctor before using this medicine. This medicine is not recommended for children.

Storage:

Please store this medicine at room temperature. Keep it away from excessive sunlight, moisture, and children. Please read the leaflet provided with the medicine for further storage guidance.

Side Effects:

You may experience the following: • Decreased libido • Decreased volume of ejaculation • Breast tenderness

Precautions:

Following are the precautions: • Difficulty in urination • Prostatic Specific Antigen levels may be affected therefore monitoring PSA levels from time to time • You may experience depression • Breast tenderness

Effects on pregnancy and lactation:

This medicine should not be used or handled by pregnant and lactating females.

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