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Finasteride

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor not required

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.

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.

urinary tract problems
In addition to its intended effect, Finasteride may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Headache
Edema
Abnormal hair growth on a women face and body.
Is It safe with alcohol?
No interaction found
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
Zeropecia-f gel 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?
Zeropecia-f gel 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.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Finasteride as ingredient
Cipla Ltd
Kivi Labs Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Swiss Pharma Pvt Ltd
Vindeca Life Sciences
Invision Medi Sciences Pvt Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Maxamus International
Dr Reddy s Laboratories Ltd
Dr Reddy s Laboratories Ltd
Dr Reddy s Laboratories Ltd
Maxamus International
Iceberg Healthcare Pvt Ltd
Signova Pharma Pvt Ltd
East West Pharma
Alniche Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
East West Pharma
Zyris Derma Care (P) Ltd
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
What are you using Finasteride for?
male hair loss
prostate gland
Other
Edema
How much was the improvement?
Average
Poor
Excellent
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
More than 2 days
Within 2 days
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Four times A Day
Twice a day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
Empty stomach
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Other
Allergic Reaction
Headache
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Popular Questions & Answers

Is there any side effect of finasteride. Which tablet is better for hair and doesn't have any side effect finasteride, biotin or keratin.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
Is there any side effect of finasteride.
Which tablet is better for hair and doesn't have any side effect finasteride...
Impotence,,low interest in sex..dizzines,,swelling hand,,swelling ankle..headache are the side effect of fibasteride...and biotin is best.
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I want to use minoxidil and finasteride topical please tell me its side effects whether they are temporary or not.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Bangalore
I want to use minoxidil and finasteride topical please tell me its side effects whether they are temporary or not.
All treatments for hairfall or baldness are temporary as it is caused by hormones and hormones can never be removed from body. But regular use of these medications can defeinitely arrest hairfall and imrpove hairgrowth. Minoxidil may sometimes increase if you already have dandruff. Finasteride has some side effects and not regularly given to all.
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Will finasteride topical be side effected than oral which means if we take finasteride in lotion externally use will I get side effected, internet shows oral finasteride has side effect.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Will finasteride topical be side effected than oral which means if we take finasteride in lotion externally use will ...
Yes topical also have side effects... And it is not a solution for hair fall... take proper Homoeopathic treatment..

Is Finasteride 1 mg safe for prolonged use? If not is there any safe alternative tablets for male pattern baldness.

PDDM, MHA, MBBS
General Physician, Nashik
Is Finasteride 1 mg safe for prolonged use?
If not is there any safe alternative tablets for male pattern baldness.
The crux in using a finasteride therapy to avoid sexual dysfunction is to opt for a drug free interval for a period of 10-15 days after a regular use for 3 months, this allows testosterone to replenish and avoid any sexual dysfunctioning side effects. There is a delicate balance which needs to be maintained.
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Popular Health Tips

Baldness Drug May Be Linked To Erectile Dysfunction!

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Baldness Drug May Be Linked To Erectile Dysfunction!

Baldness Drug May Be Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Men like to look their best, and for some men that means attempting to cover up any signs of baldness on their head. Men who find baldness unwelcome should know that a recent study indicates a popular ingredient in some baldness drugs may have a link with erectile dysfunction. When a drug has the potential to affect penis health, guys need to take a look at the available information to make an informed decision.

Finasteride

The ingredient in question is called finasteride, and it is marketed for baldness treatments under a number of brand names. In addition to being used to treat baldness, it is commonly prescribed for men with an enlarged prostate. (Interestingly, while it is marketed to treat baldness in men, it is also used to treat hirsutism - that is excessive hair growth - in women.)

Whether finasteride is effective in treating baldness is a question that inspires some debate, but it is officially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for that purpose.

Erectile dysfunction

Scientists have thought that finasteride may increase the risk of erectile dysfunction in some men at least since a study published in 2010. This belief is based on the fact that one of finasteride's functions is to lower the amount of testosterone in men, which can have an impact on the sex drive.

Now a new study, published in the journal Peer, provides more evidence that may back up that theory. This study, from Northwestern Medicine, looked at the records of almost 12,000 men in a massive database. They focused on men between the ages of 16 and 89 (inclusive) who had been prescribed drugs for baldness or prostate issues at least once over a 21-year period. They then looked at any diagnoses of sexual dysfunction.

They found that men prescribed the drug for a longer period of time had a greater risk of prolonged erectile dysfunction - and that this was especially true for younger men (those aged 16 to 42.) As they put it, "in young men, prolonged exposure to finasteride posed a higher risk of persistent erectile dysfunction than any other risk factor."

Indeed, in that earlier age subset (16 to 42 years), men who took the drug for 205 days or more were five times more likely to develop erectile dysfunction than if they took it for fewer than 205 days. And the median duration of the erectile dysfunction was almost four years, even after they stopped taking the drug.

What to do?

Not all men who took finasteride had this issue, but men who are concerned about hair loss and are using or considering using finasteride should consult with their doctors to see if they need to modify or monitor treatment in any way to reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction developing.

Every man has to decide how he feels about personal baldness. Many men embrace it, preferring to shave their heads and rock the look. But not everyone is comfortable with that option. But finding the right balance between baldness treatment and penis health is important.

 

5 people found this helpful

Jock Itch and Hair Growth Treatment: Connected?

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Jock Itch and Hair Growth Treatment: Connected?

One of the more promising recent trends has been growing acceptance of bald heads as desirable. Many men now shave their heads because they and those around them perceive it as sexy. But there are still plenty of bald or balding men who take the opposite approach, using hair growth treatments to try to stimulate new growth. It’s definitely a personal decision, but in some rare cases, opting for hair growth treatments may possibly bring about a minor penis health concern: jock itch.

Hair growth

There are many different kinds of hair growth treatments out there, but one of the most popular is the drug finasteride. Marketed under a number of brand names, finasteride was originally created as a treatment for enlarged prostates. However, it has also been approved for use in treating hair loss. According to Wikipedia, use of finasteride slows down hair loss and can improve hair retention by about 30% over a six-month period. So it’s easy to see why men who are experiencing hair loss concerns may investigate finasteride as part of their hair growth plan.

Of course, just about every medication has some side effect or potential side effect, although exactly what that effect may be depends very much on the individual person. There have, however, been a few reports from individuals taking this medication that have subsequently developed jock itch.

These reports are not published in medical journals, so they haven’t been scientifically verified. It may be that these people developed jock itch for reasons having nothing to do with their hair growth treatments. However, finasteride does seem to have some effect on hormone production, and hormones do seem to have an effect on fungal development (and jock itch is a fungus). But all this is very murky and unclear right now. Still, it’s worth knowing so that a man who is using finasteride can keep an eye out for signs of jock itch and treat it properly if it does appear.

Jock itch

As mentioned, jock itch is a fungus, essentially a yeast infection. As the name implies, the primary characteristic is an itchiness which can be quite severe at times. Jock itch is not especially serious, but it can be very annoying.

Jock itch most often occurs in the groin area, including the thighs. It presents as a red, ring-shaped rash. The fungus thrives in warm, moist areas, so the penis and its environs are ideal for its growth. It is spread from person to person contact, or from coming into contact with surfaces or materials used by a person with the fungus. In men, jock itch is often spread by sharing towels or clothing. It is also a close cousin of athlete’s foot, so treating athlete’s foot can help prevent jock itch. Often a person may scratch his itchy foot and then scratch his groin, transferring the fungus in the process.

Over-the-counter treatments can help get rid of the fungus that causes jock itch. Other medications may help soothe the itching while the rash is still present.

What is the Most Effective Hair Regrowth Treatment?

MBBS, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), DNB (Dermatology), MNAMS
Dermatologist, Delhi
What is the Most Effective Hair Regrowth Treatment?

Hair thinning and loss of hair is very common in today's lifestyle. Excessive stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, a poor diet can be listed as the major environmental culprits but genetics too plays an important role in premature hair loss. There are plenty of hair growth products that promise results but very few work. Here are some effective hair re-growth treatments that have been proven to be successful.

  • Finasteride (Propecia)- Finasteride is an umbrella term for the Propecia and Proscar. If you are affected by DHT (dihydrotestosterone), it will cause your hair follicles to become smaller until they have shrunk to the point they can't grow any hair. Finasteride reduces the effects of DHT up to 70% and even causes hair to grow back. It can take from 3 months up to a year for it to show any results. This has been often referred as the best hair loss treatment available with little to no side effects.
  • Minoxidil- Minoxidil was originally a remedy to treat high blood pressure, but several users reported its hair growth effects, it was then manufactured as a topical medication for hair loss. Minoxidil works by stimulating the hair follicles by enlarging the blood vessels which causes more nutrients and oxygen to flow into the follicle leading to hair growth. Users can notice significant growth from 2 to 3 months of using Minoxidil.
  • Prostaglandin analogs- These are relatively new options which are currently being examined of their hair growth potentials. These are mainly used as eyelash enhancements now but scientists are hopeful that they soon can be treated for hair loss.

'Consult'.

Related Tip: How to Control Hair Loss Through Ayurveda?

84 people found this helpful

Jock Itch and Hair Growth Treatment: Connected?

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Jock Itch and Hair Growth Treatment: Connected?

One of the more promising recent trends has been growing acceptance of bald heads as desirable. Many men now shave their heads because they and those around them perceive it as sexy. But there are still plenty of bald or balding men who take the opposite approach, using hair growth treatments to try to stimulate new growth. It's definitely a personal decision, but in some rare cases, opting for hair growth treatments may possibly bring about a minor penis health concern: jock itch.

Hair growth

There are many different kinds of hair growth treatments out there, but one of the most popular is the drug finasteride. Marketed under a number of brand names, finasteride was originally created as a treatment for enlarged prostates. However, it has also been approved for use in treating hair loss. According to Wikipedia, use of finasteride slows down hair loss and can improve hair retention by about 30% over a six-month period. So it's easy to see why men who are experiencing hair loss concerns may investigate finasteride as part of their hair growth plan.

Of course, just about every medication has some side effect or potential side effect, although exactly what that effect may be depends very much on the individual person. There have, however, been a few reports from individuals taking this medication that have subsequently developed jock itch.

These reports are not published in medical journals, so they haven't been scientifically verified. It may be that these people developed jock itch for reasons having nothing to do with their hair growth treatments. However, finasteride does seem to have some effect on hormone production, and hormones do seem to have an effect on fungal development (and jock itch is a fungus). But all this is very murky and unclear right now. Still, it's worth knowing so that a man who is using finasteride can keep an eye out for signs of jock itch and treat it properly if it does appear.

Jock itch

As mentioned, jock itch is a fungus, essentially a yeast infection. As the name implies, the primary characteristic is an itchiness which can be quite severe at times. Jock itch is not especially serious, but it can be very annoying.

Jock itch most often occurs in the groin area, including the thighs. It presents as a red, ring-shaped rash. The fungus thrives in warm, moist areas, so the penis and its environs are ideal for its growth. It is spread from person to person contact, or from coming into contact with surfaces or materials used by a person with the fungus. In men, jock itch is often spread by sharing towels or clothing. It is also a close cousin of athlete's foot, so treating athlete's foot can help prevent jock itch. Often a person may scratch his itchy foot and then scratch his groin, transferring the fungus in the process.

Over-the-counter treatments can help get rid of the fungus that causes jock itch. Other medications may help soothe the itching while the rash is still present.

Jock itch, whether there's a possible hair growth connection or not, is a major pain. It can be helpful to use a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) to help soothe the itchiness and keep the penis skin healthy and strong. It's best to find a crème that contains a combination of superior moisturizing agents, such as Shea butter (a high-end emollient) and vitamin E (a natural hydrator). Penis skin also needs protection from the oxidative stress that excess free radicals can cause. A crème with a potent antioxidant like alpha lipoic acid can be a big help in this area.

3 people found this helpful

Jock Itch and Hair Growth Treatment: Connected?

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Jock Itch and Hair Growth Treatment: Connected?


One of the more promising recent trends has been growing acceptance of bald heads as desirable. Many men now shave their heads because they and those around them perceive it as sexy. But there are still plenty of bald or balding men who take the opposite approach, using hair growth treatments to try to stimulate new growth. It's definitely a personal decision, but in some rare cases, opting for hair growth treatments may possibly bring about a minor penis health concern: jock itch.

Hair growth

There are many different kinds of hair growth treatments out there, but one of the most popular is the drug finasteride. Marketed under a number of brand names, finasteride was originally created as a treatment for enlarged prostates. However, it has also been approved for use in treating hair loss. According to Wikipedia, use of finasteride slows down hair loss and can improve hair retention by about 30% over a six-month period. So it's easy to see why men who are experiencing hair loss concerns may investigate finasteride as part of their hair growth plan.

Of course, just about every medication has some side effect or potential side effect, although exactly what that effect may be depends very much on the individual person. There have, however, been a few reports from individuals taking this medication that have subsequently developed jock itch.

These reports are not published in medical journals, so they haven't been scientifically verified. It may be that these people developed jock itch for reasons having nothing to do with their hair growth treatments. However, finasteride does seem to have some effect on hormone production, and hormones do seem to have an effect on fungal development (and jock itch is a fungus). But all this is very murky and unclear right now. Still, it's worth knowing so that a man who is using finasteride can keep an eye out for signs of jock itch and treat it properly if it does appear.

Jock itch

As mentioned, jock itch is a fungus, essentially a yeast infection. As the name implies, the primary characteristic is an itchiness which can be quite severe at times. Jock itch is not especially serious, but it can be very annoying.

Jock itch most often occurs in the groin area, including the thighs. It presents as a red, ring-shaped rash. The fungus thrives in warm, moist areas, so the penis and its environs are ideal for its growth. It is spread from person to person contact, or from coming into contact with surfaces or materials used by a person with the fungus. In men, jock itch is often spread by sharing towels or clothing. It is also a close cousin of athlete's foot, so treating athlete's foot can help prevent jock itch. Often a person may scratch his itchy foot and then scratch his groin, transferring the fungus in the process.

Over-the-counter treatments can help get rid of the fungus that causes jock itch. Other medications may help soothe the itching while the rash is still present.

Jock itch, whether there's a possible hair growth connection or not, is a major pain. It can be helpful to use a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) to help soothe the itchiness and keep the penis skin healthy and strong. It's best to find a crème that contains a combination of superior moisturizing agents, such as Shea butter (a high-end emollient) and vitamin E (a natural hydrator). Penis skin also needs protection from the oxidative stress that excess free radicals can cause. A crème with a potent antioxidant like alpha lipoic acid can be a big help in this area.

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About Finasteride
When is Finasteride prescribed?
What are the side effects of Finasteride?
Key highlights of Finasteride
Medicines containing Finasteride
What are the interactions for Finasteride?