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Propecia package leaflet

Propecia a powerful anti-hair loss drug. Like with all strong medicines, Propecia can be harmful to your health if not taken correctly. It is therefore important to read the package leaflet carefully. You should also follow the doctor’s instructions and never exceed the recommended dose. If you have any questions after reading the package leaflet, please contact a doctor or pharmacist.

What is Propecia and what is it used for?

Propecia tablets contain the active ingredient finasteride, a medicine that effects the activation of the male sex hormone testosterone. When taken in a low dose (1 mg), Propecia has the ability to slow down early-stage male pattern baldness. Men with male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, inherit hair follicles that are hypersensitive to the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of testosterone. Hair loss is a result of an increased amount of DHT which causes the hair follicles to shrivel up and hair growth to thin, to eventually stop entirely. Propecia reduces the production of DHT. It slows down the process of hair loss and allows some hair follicles to restore themselves, which leads to reversal of the balding process.

What you need to know about Propecia[/h]
If you are using Propecia for the first time, make sure to read through the following carefully:

  • Propecia is only effective in treating early-stage male pattern baldness. In an advanced stage of hair loss it will have little effect or none at all;
  • Propecia is for use by men only. It is not suitable for treating hair loss in women;
  • The active ingredient finasteride is harmful to unborn babies. Women who are pregnant or who could get pregnant must not handle crushed or broken tablets, as the active ingredient may be absorbed through the skin;
  • Propecia may interact with other medicines. The doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing it with.

[h2]How to use Propecia

Unless otherwise advised by your doctor, Propecia should be taken once daily. Propecia tablets can be taken with or without food. It may take several months for the benefits of this medicine to appear. If Propecia has the desired effect, you will need to take it for an extensive period of time. If you stop taking it the effect on your hair will start to reverse. For more information on the use of this medicine, please read the package leaflet.

Possible side effects

Propecia may cause side effects such as:

  • Loss of libido (sex drive);
  • Erectile dysfunction or ejaculation problems.

For a complete list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet. If you would like to know what other users have said about this medicine, then read the information brochure Experiences with Propecia.

How to store Propecia

Propecia can be harmful to pregnant women and children. Therefore, it is important to keep it in a safe place. Do not use after the expiration date on the box. Unused drugs should not be thrown out but returned to a pharmacy for disposal.

Additional information

Propecia tablets contain the active ingredient finasteride and a number of other ingredients. For a full list of ingredients and information on the manufacturer and marketing authorisation holder of this medicine, please refer to the package leaflet.

Read the package leaflet for more information about risks and side effects, or ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.