Finasteride

Finasteride is used to treat pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) at the crown and in the middle of the scalp. This medication works by decreasing the amount of a natural body hormone (DHT). Decreasing the amount of DHT leads to increased hair regrowth and slower hair loss. Hair growth on other parts of the body is not affected by finasteride. 

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Finasteride
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About

Finasteride is used to treat pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) at the crown and in the middle of the scalp. This medication works by decreasing the amount of a natural body hormone (DHT). Decreasing the amount of DHT leads to increased hair regrowth and slower hair loss. Hair growth on other parts of the body is not affected by finasteride. 

Advantages

Finasteride helps to slow hair loss and increase hair growth at the crown and in the middle of the scalp. It can take up to 3 months of use to see the benefits of finasteride.

How to Use

Take finasteride by mouth, with or without food, usually once daily. If the tablet is crushed or broken, it should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or by a woman who may become pregnant. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day. It may take up to 3 months to notice a benefit. You must continue to take this medication to maintain your hair growth. When you stop taking finasteride, any gain in hair quantity is generally lost within 12 months.

Common Side Effects

Decreased sexual ability/desire may occur. In some men, this medication can decrease the amount of semen released during sex. This is harmless, but has continued in some men even after stopping treatment. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Finasteride may slightly increase the risk of developing a very serious form of prostate cancer. Talk to your primary care provider or the SpotCare associated doctor about the benefits and risks.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Warning and Precautions

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include:

  • Rash
  • Itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
  • Severe dizziness
  • Trouble breathing

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:

  • Lump in the breast
  • Nipple discharge
  • Breast enlargement/tenderness/pain
  • Pain in the testicles
  • Inability to urinate

Do not use if

  • Pregnant or Breastfeeding
  • If you are of child bearing age and would like to become pregnant in the future 
  • Less than 18 years old

Speak to doctor or pharmacist

About whether finasteride is right for you if one of the following applies to you:

  • Liver disease
  • Prostate cancer
  • Infections
  • Urinary problems

How to store

Stop taking if

  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Store at room temperature (between 15-30 degrees Celsius)
  • Protect from moisture and keep container tightly closed
  • Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date
This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

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