What is it used for (Indication) ?
Finasteride (Proscar) is used alone or in combination with another medication (doxazosin [Cardura]) to treat (BPH, enlargement of the prostate gland). Finasteride improves symptoms of BPH such as frequent and difficult urination and may reduce the chance of acute urinary retention (suddenly being unable to pass urine). It also may decrease the chance of needing prostate surgery. Finasteride (Propecia) is also used to treat male pattern hair loss (a common condition in which men have gradual thinning of the hair on the scalp, leading to a receding hairline or balding on the top of the head.) Finasteride (Propecia) has not been shown to treat thinning hair at the temples and is not used to treat hair loss in women or children.
How it works (Mechanism)?
Finasteride is in a class of medications called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. Finasteride treats BPH by blocking the body's production of a male hormone that causes the prostate to enlarge. Finasteride treats male pattern hair loss by blocking the body's production of a male hormone in the scalp that stops hair growth.
What is benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and Male pattern hair loss ?
Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) : Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy, benign enlargement of the prostate (BEP), and adenofibromyomatous hyperplasia, refers to the increase in size of the prostate in middle-aged and elderly men.
Male pattern hair loss : Androgenic alopecia (also known as androgenetic alopecia or alopecia androgenetica) is a common form of hair loss in both female and male humans, chimpanzees, and orangutans.
In male humans in particular, this condition is also commonly known as male pattern baldness. Hair is lost in a well-defined pattern, beginning above both temples. Hair also thins at the crown of the head. Often a rim of hair around the sides and rear of the head is left, or the condition may progress to complete baldness.
How to take this medicine (Administration & Dosage) ?
Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH): For adult men the usual dose is 5 mg once daily.
Male pattern hair loss: For adult men the usual dose is 1 mg once daily.
Side effects of medicine
1. This medication is generally well tolerated. Common side effects include tooth-discoloration, enamel hypoplasia, reduced fibula growth rate.
2. Avoid going under direct sun.
3. Avoid use in children below 8 years, unless no alternative drug.
Interaction with other medicines
1. If you are using any other medication while taking this medicine.
2. Antacids, milk, calcium, magnesium, and iron reduce absorption.
Contraindications (Who should avoid this)
1. If you are hypersensitive to medicines
2. Keep this medication out of reach of children.
1. Keep away from light and moisture.
2. Brief storage is permitted between 15° - 30° C (59° - 86° F)
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