Finpecia general information
What is Finpecia used for?
Finpecia 1 mg is used to treat men with male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) by increasing hair growth and preventing further hair loss from all areas of the scalp, including the front. Finpecia 1mg tablets 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.
How does Finpecia work?
Finpecia 1 mg contains finasteride 1 mg that specifically inhibits the action of an enzyme called type II 5α-reductase which is found hair follicles and converts the male hormone testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is DHT that is responsible for hair loss as it causes hair follicles in the scalp to gradually shrink producing smaller and thinner hairs, which eventually do not emerge from the follicle. Finpecia 1 mg reverses the balding process as it blocks the build up of DHT in the hair follicles of the scalp, allowing the hair to grow normally.
What does Finpecia contain?
Finpecia 1mg film-coated tablets contain the active ingredient finasteride 1 mg, which reverses the balding process.
Treating hair loss with Finpecia
Finpecia 1 mg contains finasteride 1 mg which specifically inhibits the action of an enzyme called type II 5α-reductase which is found hair follicles and converts the male hormone testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This prevents hair loss caused by DHT and can reverse the balding process in male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
What are the side effects of Finpecia?
Finpecia 1mg is generally well tolerated but it is always possible that you may experience side effects, which are usually mild such as, temporary impotence (whilst continuing on treatment) erectile dysfunction and low libido. Less common side effects include breast tenderness and enlargement (gynecomastia) and itchy skin rash.
When should Finpecia not be used?
You should not use Finpecia if you:
- are a woman, Finpecia is not intended for use by women and can be harmful to an unborn child
- are allergic to Finpecia or any other medication containing finasteride
How should Finpecia be taken?
You should take Finpecia 1 mg tablets with a glass of water once a day with or without food, for up to 3 months or longer, as recommended by your doctor.
How long should you take Finpecia?
You should continue to take Finpecia 1mg tablets for as long as your doctor recommends. This may be for 3 months or longer as this is how long it usually takes for new hair to grow and before increased hair growth and/or prevention of further hair loss is observed. Continued use is recommended to obtain maximum benefit, and if you stop taking your Finpecia 1mg tablets during this time, the beneficial effect of Finpecia is reversed and hair loss may resume within 12 months.
Missed dose of Finpecia
If you miss a dose of Finpecia 1mg, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.
How should Finpecia be stored?
Keep your Finpecia 1 mg tablets in their blister packs and store in cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C. Keep away from direct sunlight.