What does Finasteride treat?
Finasteride is an orally taken medication used to treat hair loss in adult males with mild to moderate hair loss. This is also used to shrink an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) and provides a decreased urge to urinate especially during nights and better urine flow. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
The regular dosage would be 1mg. Follow the Finasteride dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. You may take it with or without food.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time is closer to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Finasteride is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine and so on which may increase the effect of Finasteride.
Finasteride could affect the results of the blood test used to detect prostate cancer (prostatic-specific antigen or PSA levels). Therefore, it’s important to let lab technicians and all your doctors know that you are using this. There could be other drug interactions besides this.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Finasteride might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be impotence, testicular pain, breast enlargement, breast tenderness, ejaculation disorders, rash, inability to urinate and swelling. In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Finasteride
- Can I take Finasteride along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Finasteride?
- What is the dosage of Finasteride to be consumed? How should I use Finasteride?
- How will Finasteride work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Finasteride be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Finasteride is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.