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Propecia (Finasteride)


Propecia is the brand name for the drug Finasteride. It is used for preventing and treating hair loss and also promotes the growth of hair in men with baldness. Propecia is used in the treatment of prostate gland enlargement also known as BPH and benign prostatic hyperplasia. How does Propecia work? Propecia contains Finasteride which prevents testosterone to dihydrotestosterone conversion (DHT) which is connected to both baldness and BPH. According to FDA repots about 83% of men who made use of finasteride for more than two years, experience either growth of new hairs, a stop to their hair loss or both. Propecia results in hair growth in majority of the men who have used it.

There is no report about the approval of propecia for women. Propecia results in birth defects most times when taken by a woman during pregnancy. A woman who wishes to become pregnant or already pregnant should not take Propecia. A propecia generic version has been approved. There are many generic Propecia equivalents available today manufactured my various companies all containing the active ingredient Finasteride. Many fraudulent pharmacies may offer to sell generic Propecia online. These drugs are fake and unsafe. Before you buy Propecia online ensure it is from a reputable drug store or pharmacy. Propecia cost can be reduced if one makes use of available coupons online. Some drug stores give discount making Propecia price less for prospective buyers.

Tell your doctor if you find it hard to urinate, have a liver disease or have suffered from prostate cancer before. Your doctor will conduct a test to know if you are fit to take Propecia as it has a higher tendency to increase the probability of having prostate cancer. Also make sure he knows if you are allergic to Avodart or any ingredient used in manufacturing this medicine. Taking a look at propecia reviews you will find cases of breast cancer and erectile dysfunction in men who have used Propecia before and after series of these reports individuals are advised to always contact their doctor before taking this medicine. Some have complained of testicular pain, depression, itching, hives and swelling of the throat, and lips. Since Propecia can be absorbed through the skin children and women are advised not to take these drugs. Also contact your health care provider if you experience nipple discharge, pain or lumps on the breast.

Propecia side effects

Decreased sex drive, trouble having or maintaining erection and semen reduction are the most popular side effects of Propecia. If after taking Propecia you continue having these side effects stop taking the medicine and contact your doctor.
Here are some of these side effects:
Hives, rash and itching
Pain in the testicles
Weakness, dizziness
Abnormal ejaculation
Runny nose, headache
Loss of interest in sex
Feeling of fainting
Tenderness of the breast
Poor semen quality
Male infertility
To avoid any drug interaction with propecia, tell your doctor about all the drugs you are taking like vitamin, herbal products and over the counter prescription.
The listed drugs have been examined but nothing was found to interact with propecia
Digoxin (Lanoxin)
Warfarin (Jantoven, Coumadin)
Theophylline
Antipyrine and benzocaine otic (A/B Otic, Aurodex, Rx-Otic)
Propranolol (Inderal)

Propecia dosage

Your propecia dosage should be taken just the way it was prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more than the quantity prescribed or longer than recommended. This medication should be taken with a glass of water. Propecia can be taken without food or with food. It should be taken at the same time every day. 1 milligram is usually taken daily by men. The full effect of this drug takes about 3 months or more than 3 months before you start seeing its full effect. Propecia effects will be reversed under 12 months. Propecia needs to be taken over time to make it work effectively. If the propecia medication did not work for you after 12 months, its continuous usage is of no use to you.

In a situation where an overdose of Propecia occurs seek immediate medical help, though an overdose won’t necessarily cause life threatening symptoms. If you happen to miss a dose of Propecia take the missed dose immediately you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time to take your next scheduled dose.