Propecia is a drug that prevents conversion of the body’s testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. Propecia is used in treating baldness in men. This is also known as male pattern hair loss, which occurs at the middle-back of one’s head. The result of male pattern hair loss is a receding hairline and even balding on the middle-back of the head.
Propecia is intended for men only and woman and children should never try it. This drug may also be used for other purposes, but only as directed by a physician.
Before starting Propecia, please let your doctor know of any known allergic reaction to Propecia or similar drugs containing dutasteride.
Also, if you liver disease, prostate cancer, bladder disorder, stricture of your urethra or you are unable to urinate normally, please notify your doctor before even considering taking Propecia. These are very dangerous conditions in which taking Propecia may be deemed unsafe.
It is also important to note that if women come in contact with the pill tablets, that Propecia can cause birth defects. If you suspect a woman has handled this product incorrectly, please suggest to her to wash her hands thoroughly with soap and water. Tell her to call a doctor if she notices breast lumps, pain, nipple discharge or any other notable changes in her breasts.
Taking Propecia is fairly simple. Take the dosage recommended by your doctor and never take more than is required. Follow the label on your tablet bottle, the directions are specific to your body type. It is recommended that you take Propecia with a full glass of water and it is not important to take it with food.
Using Propecia regularly will help you get the most benefit of taking the medication. You need to take the drug for at least 3 months before you actually see any improvements. If you have taken the drug for over 12 months, and not seen any improvements at all, it is likely that this drug will not benefit you at all. Stopping the dosage of Propecia will likely cause you to lose all the hair you’ve gained over the course of treatment.
If you miss a dose of Propecia, resume your normal schedule and forget about the dosage you missed. Further additional application will not cause any benefit.
Please seek emergency medical attention if you have any signs of these allergic reactions: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat. Contact your doctor if you notice breast lumps, pain, nipple discharge, or other breast changes. These could be signs of male breast cancer.
The common less serious side effects include: feeling of passing out, swelling in hands/feet, testicle pain, dizziness / weakness, headache, runny nose.
Always keep your doctor informed of abnormal conditions or feelings that you experience while on Propecia.