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Finasteride (Generic Propecia, Proscar) is used to treat male pattern baldness that occurs in the middle of the scalp and at the crown of the head, also known as androgenetic alopecia. Finasteride works by lowering a natural hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which has been shown to damage hair follicles and lead to hair loss over time. Some men are more sensitive to DHT and will begin to see signs of hair loss at a younger age. In addition, the place where a man starts to see a receding hairline is largely dependent on which hair follicles are most sensitive to DHT; for some men it occurs around the front of the hairline and top of the head while others see it at the crown of the head. This medication works by blocking an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase which converts testosterone into DHT. This can slow hair loss and may even allow hair regrowth in areas where hair follicles were previously damaged. Taking finasteride and lowering DHT has not been shown to impact hair growth on any other parts of the body. Finasteride should be used by adult males only. Women and children should not use or handle this medication. This drug is not approved for the prevention of prostate cancer. Finasteride may slightly increase your risk of developing a very serious form of prostate cancer, so it's important to talk to a licensed medical professional about the benefits and risks of taking this medication. Finasteride Prescription Finasteride is the generic version of Propecia and Proscar, and requires a prescription. You can buy generic finasteride at Blink Health Pharmacy. Blink Health Pharmacy offers a discounted price on finasteride by working directly with the pharmaceutical supply industry to negotiate lower prices and passes the savings onto patients. All generic medications sold through Blink Health Pharmacy are FDA-approved. All FDA-approved generics must have the same strength, dosage form, safety and effectiveness as their brand-name counterparts.

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About finasteride

Finasteride (Generic Propecia, Proscar) is used to treat male pattern baldness that occurs in the middle of the scalp and at the crown of the head, also known as androgenetic alopecia. Finasteride works by lowering a natural hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which has been shown to damage hair follicles and lead to hair loss over time. Some men are more sensitive to DHT and will begin to see signs of hair loss at a younger age. In addition, the place where a man starts to see a receding hairline is largely dependent on which hair follicles are most sensitive to DHT; for some men it occurs around the front of the hairline and top of the head while others see it at the crown of the head. This medication works by blocking an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase which converts testosterone into DHT. This can slow hair loss and may even allow hair regrowth in areas where hair follicles were previously damaged. Taking finasteride and lowering DHT has not been shown to impact hair growth on any other parts of the body. Finasteride should be used by adult males only. Women and children should not use or handle this medication. This drug is not approved for the prevention of prostate cancer. Finasteride may slightly increase your risk of developing a very serious form of prostate cancer, so it's important to talk to a licensed medical professional about the benefits and risks of taking this medication. Finasteride Prescription Finasteride is the generic version of Propecia and Proscar, and requires a prescription. You can buy generic finasteride at Blink Health Pharmacy. Blink Health Pharmacy offers a discounted price on finasteride by working directly with the pharmaceutical supply industry to negotiate lower prices and passes the savings onto patients. All generic medications sold through Blink Health Pharmacy are FDA-approved. All FDA-approved generics must have the same strength, dosage form, safety and effectiveness as their brand-name counterparts.
How to use finasteride Be sure to read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking finasteride, and every time you get a refill. If you have any questions about how to take finasteride, how it works, or possible side effects, talk to your clinician or pharmacist. You should take finasteride by mouth, usually once per day, with or without food, or as directed by your licensed medical professional. This drug should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or may become pregnant, if the tablet is crushed or broken (see the Warnings & Precautions section). To get the most benefit from finasteride, use it regularly, and note that it may take up to three months before you notice a benefit. Remember to take it at the same time each day. To maintain your hair growth, you need to continue taking this drug. When you stop taking finasteride, any gain in hair quantity will generally be lost within one year. Inform your licensed medical professional if your condition persists or gets worse.
What are the side effects of finasteride? It's important to be aware of possible side effects before you start taking a medication. Here are the listed side effects for this drug: Decreased sexual ability/desire may occur. In some men, this medication can decrease the amount of semen released during sex. This is harmless, but has continued in some men even after stopping treatment. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: lump in the breast, nipple discharge, breast enlargement/tenderness/pain, pain in the testicles, inability to urinate. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Warnings and precautions for finasteride It's also important to be aware of precautions and warnings around taking this medication. Before taking finasteride, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, prostate cancer, infections, urinary problems. Finasteride should not be used in children. The drug can be absorbed through the skin. If the film coating of the tablet has been broken or the tablet crushed, it should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Exposing a developing male infant to finasteride can result in abnormalities of the genitals. This medication should not be used in women, especially during pregnancy or breast-feeding. It may harm an unborn or breast-feeding baby. Consult your doctor if you have any questions about this medication.
Pill storage for finasteride You should store your finasteride at room temperature, between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C). Store it in a tightly closed container, away from moisture and light. Do not store finasteride in the bathroom. Keep finasteride (and all medications) away from children and pets. Don't flush finasteride or other medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. When your finasteride has expired or is no longer needed, be sure to discard it properly. Your pharmacist or local waste disposal company can tell you how.
Drug interactions for finasteride Your healthcare professionals (e.g., clinician or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions between finasteride and other medications or products you use, and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of finasteride or any medicine before checking with them first. Before you start taking this drug, tell your clinician and pharmacist about all prescription and nonprescription medications, and any herbal products, you may use. Finasteride can affect the results of the blood test used to detect prostate cancer (prostatic-specific antigen or PSA levels). If you have a PSA test done, tell laboratory personnel and your clinicians that you use this drug. This document doesn't contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, be sure to tell your clinician and pharmacist of all the products you use. It's a good idea to keep a list of all your medications and herbal products with you, and share the list with your clinician and pharmacist.
Finasteride overdose If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Missed Doses: If you miss a dose of finasteride, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. You should not double your dose to “catch up.” Notes: Do not share finasteride or other drugs with others. Follow your licensed medical professional's instructions for examining your breasts and testicles, and report any lumps immediately May include selected content from the Licensed Solutions data, included with permission and copyrighted by FDB, inc., 2014. This copyrighted material has been downloaded and Licensed data is not for distribution in professional healthcare settings. This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking any drug or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.

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