Generic Propecia prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. Generic Propecia is used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area. Male pattern hair loss is a common condition in which men experience thinning of the hair on the scalp. Often, this results in a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head. Propecia is for use by men only and should not be used by women or children.
Generic Propecia tablets are film coated; therefore women can safely handle the intact tablet. Nonetheless, a crushed or broken tablet should not be handled by women who are pregnant or who may be pregnant due to potential adverse effects of this medication on the male fetus. Caution should be used when men with liver disorders take Generic Propecia.
This medicine is broken down by liver-enzymes. Therefore, in patients with liver disease Generic Propecia can cause hepatitis (liver inflammation), although this problem is seen very rarely.
Take Generic Propecia exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
Generic Propecia can be taken with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day.
It is important to use Propecia regularly to get the most benefit. You may need to take Propecia daily for three months or more before you see a benefit.
There may be other drugs that can interact with Generic Propecia. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Keep this medication and all other medications out of the reach of children.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you notice any breast lumps, pain, nipple discharge, or other breast changes. These may be signs of male breast cancer.
Less serious Propecia side effects may include:
- impotence, loss of interest in sex, or trouble having an orgasm;
- abnormal ejaculation;
- swelling in your hands or feet;
- swelling or tenderness in your breasts;
- dizziness, weakness;
- feeling like you might pass out;
- runny nose; or
- skin rash.
The sexual side effects of Generic Propecia (decreased libido, trouble having an erection, ejaculation problems) may continue after you stop taking this medication. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about these side effects.