Early data indicate that Finasteride is useful in the treatment of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH); and also in male pattern baldness. Results of therapy may take several months. Take as directed, with fluids, 30 minutes before or 2 hours after meals.
Finasteride, a type of steroid reductase inhibitor, treats urinary problems in patients having an enlarged prostate gland. It also lowers the risk of needing surgery to treat this condition. It works by reducing the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone in the body. This makes the prostate gland smaller, which relieves urinary problems.
Avoid use this medicine entirely if you have allergies or if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you have a blockage in the urinary tract, problems of the bladder, prostate cancer, a bladder infection, severe trouble urinating, a history of increased serum prostate-specific antigen levels or liver problems.
This medicine may have side effects that include decreased sexual desire or ability, severe allergic reactions, breast enlargement, depression, lumps, pain, or tenderness, nipple discharge and testicular pain. You may experience decreased libido or impotence during therapy. Report any increase in urinary volume or voiding patterns occurs.
It is administered orally, with or without food, usually once a day, or as prescribed by your doctor. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. It may take 6-12 months to notice a significant change in the condition.
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The most common use of this medication is:
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Is It safe with alcohol?No interaction found.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?Finasteride may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?Finasteride is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?There is no interaction between driving and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
Does this affect kidney function?There is no interaction between renal impairment and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
Does this affect liver function?There is no interaction between liver impairment and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
Are there any overdose instructions?Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
Are there any missed dose instructions?If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Finasteride as ingredient
This medication is used for treating benign enlarged prostate and hair loss in the scalp of men. The active constituent of this medication belongs to the class of 5-alpha reductase inhibitor that acts as an antiandrogen thereby lowering the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in certain body parts like hair follicles and prostate gland.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
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