What is Propecia and what is it used for:
Propecia is a prescription medication that contains finasteride. It is used to treat male pattern baldness in men by reducing the amount of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp. By blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT, Propecia can slow or stop hair loss and even promote hair regrowth in some men.
How to take Propecia:
Propecia is taken orally, usually once daily, with or without food. It may take several months of regular use to see the full benefits of the medication. If treatment is discontinued, any hair gained within 12 months will usually be lost over the next 6-12 months.
Possible side effects of Propecia:
Propecia may cause some side effects, including:
Impotence (inability to achieve or maintain an erection)
Decreased sex drive
Breast tenderness or enlargement
Allergic reactions such as rash, itching, hives, and swelling of the lips and face
Precautions and warnings for Propecia:
Before taking Propecia, inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, such as liver disease or prostate cancer. Propecia may interact with certain medications, so it is important to inform your doctor of all medications and supplements you are taking.
Propecia can also cause birth defects if a pregnant woman is exposed to the medication. Therefore, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not handle Propecia tablets. If a woman comes into contact with a broken or crushed tablet, she should immediately wash the affected area with soap and water.
Propecia is a prescription medication and should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider.