What is Finasteride used for?
Finasteride is an oral medication prescribed to treat male-pattern baldness in adult men with mild-to-moderate hair loss. This medication not only reduces hair loss but also increases hair growth. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Finasteride?
The dosage of Finasteride prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Finasteride. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.
The recommended dosage of Finasteride is 1 mg once a day. It may be taken with or without meals.
What if you miss a dose of Finasteride?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Finasteride medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Finasteride?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Finasteride, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Finasteride?
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Finasteride, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Finasteride?
Like other medicines, Finasteride can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Finasteride are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Finasteride cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Finasteride develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Finasteride can cause side effects such as impotence, testicular pain, breast tenderness, ejaculation disorders, rash, and swelling. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Finasteride.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Finasteride?
Is it possible for me to take Finasteride with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Finasteride?
What are the possible drug interactions of Finasteride?
How will Finasteride work in my body?
How should Finasteride be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Finasteride drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Finasteride is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.