What is Propecia
prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone
(DHT) in the body. DHT is involved in the development of benign
prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and hair loss.
is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).
Propecia is also used to reduce hair loss due to male pattern
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about Propecia
Women who are or who may become pregnant must not
handle crushed or broken Propecia tablets. The medication
could be absorbed through the skin. Propecia is known to
cause birth defects in a developing male baby. Exposure
to whole tablets should be avoided whenever possible, however
exposure to whole tablets is not expected to be harmful
as long as the tablets are not swallowed.
What you should find out before taking Propecia Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if
you have liver disease. You may not be able to take Propecia,
or you may need a lower dose or special monitoring during
Propecia is intended for use by men only.
Propecia is not indicated for use by women. Do not
take or handle this medication if you are pregnant or are
could become pregnant during treatment. Propecia is in the
FDA pregnancy category X. This means that it is known to
cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Women who are or
who may become pregnant must not handle crushed or broken
Propecia tablets. The medication could be absorbed through
the skin. Propecia is known to cause birth defects in a
developing male baby. Exposure to whole tablets should be
avoided whenever possible, however exposure to whole tablets
is not expected to be harmful as long as the tablets are
It is not known whether Propecia passes
into breast milk. Propecia is not intended for use by women.
Do not take this medication if you are breast-feeding a
How should take Propecia Take Propecia exactly as directed by your doctor.
If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist,
nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
dose with a full glass of water.
Propecia can be
taken with or without food.
It is important to take
Propecia regularly to get the most benefit.
doctor may perform blood tests or other forms of monitoring
during treatment with Propecia. One of the tests that may
be performed is called PSA (prostate-specific antigen).
This test is used to help detect prostate cancer. Propecia
will reduce the amount of PSA measured in the blood. Your
doctor is aware of this effect and can still use PSA to
help detect prostate cancer.
Store this medication
at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
If you miss a dose: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However,
if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you
missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose.
Do not take a double dose unless otherwise directed.
What happens if you overdose: Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is
Symptoms of a Propecia overdose are not
Avoid while taking Propecia There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or
activities during treatment with Propecia unless your doctor
Possible side effects of Propecia Stop taking Propecia and seek emergency medical attention
if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing;
closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or
face; or hives).
Other, less serious side effects
have been reported but usually resolve with continued treatment.
Continue to take Propecia and notify your doctor if you
- decreased libido (sex drive);
decreased volume of ejaculate;
- impotence (trouble
getting or keeping an erection); or
- breast tenderness
Side effects other than those listed
here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side
effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Propecia
are no known interactions between Propecia and other medications.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription
or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals,
and herbal products.