Propecia® is produced by Merck S&D. Propecia® treats the most common type of hair loss in mencalled MPHL or MPB (male pattern baldness). It is also known as androgenetic alopecia (AGA). It affects about 50% of men over the age of 50. It is a condition, where hair follicles are being destroyed by the high levels of sex hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
DHT binds to androgen receptors in susceptible hair follicles and activates genes responsible for follicular miniaturization. The active ingredient Finasteride is a type II 5-alpha reductase inhibitor and has a trichogenic activity (hair growth-promoting). It hinders the action of 5-alpha reductase enzyme, responsible for the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Due to inhibiting of this enzyme, Propecia® lowers scalp and serum DHT concentrations (up to 60%) and slows down the complete hair loss process.
Finasteride in higher doses (Finast®, Fincar®, Proscar®, Prosteride®) is used for the treatment and maintenance of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), female hirsutism (in adult, non-pregnant women with PCOS or with idiopathic hirsutism).
Propecia® for MPB treatment is available in tablets.
Take one tablet orally (by mouth) once a day, with or without food.
You should take the Propecia® at the same time every day.
Take Propecia® daily for at least 3 months or more if necessary before any noticeable results occur.
If Propecia® has not worked for you over a 12 months course then it is unlikely that further treatment will benefit.
Do not stop taking Propecia® suddenly, as any therapeutic benefits will be reversed.
Always consult your doctor or pharmacist if you want to stop the treatment before time or if you are intended to prolong treatment.
Missing a dose
If you miss a dose you should take it as soon as you remember about your missing. If it is the time for the next dose you should continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not exceed the doctor's recommended dose.
If an overdose occurs and you are feeling unwell, you should seek emergency medical attention or contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) and away from excess moisture and heat. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.