What Is Finasteride 5 MG (Generic Propecia)?
Finasteride 5 mg tablets (Generic Propecia) is used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area by increasing hair growth and preventing further hair loss from the scalp including receding hairline and thinning or balding at the top and front of the head. The safety and efficacy have been demonstrated in men between the ages of 18 to 41 years with mild to moderate hair loss of the vertex and anterior mid-scalp area.
Finasteride 5 mg tablets, also known as Generic Propecia, Fincar by Cipla can help reverse balding in men with mild to moderate hair loss but does not restore hair that has been lost for a long time. It is not used to treat hair loss in women.
Finasteride 1 Mg and Finasteride 5 Mg are the most common dosages. he recommended dose of Propecia is one tablet (5 mg) taken once a day.
Finasteride 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. Finasteride may also increase hair growth. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
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.
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.
Finasteride is not indicated for use in women or children.
Finasteride is contraindicated in the following:
• Hypersensitivity to any component of this product.
• Pregnancy–Use in women when they are or may potentially be pregnant (see 4.6 Pregnancy and lactation, Exposure to finasteride – risk to male fetus). Women should not handle crushed or broken Propecia tablets when they are pregnant or may potentially be pregnant because of the possibility of absorption of finasteride and the subsequent potential risk to a male fetus. Propecia tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling, provided that the tablets have not been broken or crushed.
To avoid obstructive complications it is important that patients with large residual urine and/or heavily decreased urinary flow are carefully controlled. The possibility of surgery should be an option.
Finasteride can also affect sperm quality. Median decrease in ejaculate volume with a concomitant reduction in total sperm per ejaculate was observed. These parameters remained within the normal range and were reversible upon discontinuation of therapy with an average time to return to baseline of 84 weeks.
No drug interactions of clinical importance have been identified. Finasteride does not appear to affect the cytochrome P450-linked drug metabolizing enzyme system. Compounds that have been tested in man have included antipyrine, digoxin, propranolol, theophylline, and warfarin and no clinically meaningful interactions were found.
Although specific interaction studies were not performed, FINASTERIDE was concomitantly used in clinical studies with acetaminophen, acetylsalicylic acid, α-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, analgesics, anti-convulsants, beta-adrenergic blocking agents, diuretics, calcium channel blockers, cardiac nitrates, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), benzodiazepines, H2 antagonists and quinolone anti-infectives without evidence of clinically significant adverse interactions.