What is the most important information I should know about Fincar?
Women who are or who may become pregnant must not handle crushed or broken Finasteride 5mg tablets. The medication could be absorbed through the skin. It is known to cause birth defects in a developing male baby. Exposure to whole tablets should be avoided whenever possible.
What is Fincar?
Finasteride 5mg prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. DHT is involved in the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and hair loss.
Also known as Generic Proscar, it is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). It is also used to reduce hair loss due to male pattern baldness.
It may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Fincar?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have liver disease. You may not be able to take Fincar, or you may need a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment.
Finasteride 5mg is intended for use by men only.
It is not indicated for use by women. Do not take or handle this medication if you are pregnant or are could become pregnant during treatment. Proscar is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that it is known to cause birth defects in an unborn baby. T
It is not known whether Fincar passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take Fincar?
Take the medication exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
Each dose should be taken with a full glass of water.
It is important to take Finasteride 5mg regularly to get the most benefit.
Your doctor may perform blood tests or other forms of monitoring during treatment with it. One of the tests that may be performed is called PSA (prostate-specific antigen). This test is used to help detect prostate cancer. This medication will reduce the amount of PSA measured in the blood. Your doctor is aware of this effect and can still use PSA to help detect prostate cancer.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose unless otherwise directed.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.
Symptoms of a Fincar overdose are not known.
What should I avoid while taking Finasteride 5mg?
There are no restrictions on food, beverages or activities during treatment unless your doctor directs otherwise.
What are the possible side effects ?
Stop the treatment and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives).
Other, less serious side effects have been reported but usually resolve with continued treatment. Continue to take Generic Proscar and notify your doctor if you experience
- decreased volume of ejaculate;
- decreased libido (sex drive);
- impotence (trouble getting or keeping an erection); or
breast tenderness or enlargement.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect the treatment?
There are no known interactions between Fincar and other medications. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals and herbal products.