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Finasteride - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Finasteride

Generic Name : Finasteride
Pronunciation : fin-uh-ste-ryde
Latest prescription information about Finasteride. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : BPH Agents
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Finasteride

India : 

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International : 

Proscar, Propecia
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Why is Finasteride Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a synthetic antiandrogen, prescribed for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostate cancer, and hair loss.  It prevents testosterone conversion in to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body.

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When should Finasteride not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in pregnant women and in patients with known hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Finasteride?

PO- The recommended dose is 5 mg orally once a day.

How should Finasteride be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Finasteride?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of narrowing or blockage in the urinary tract, prostate cancer, trouble in urinating, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It should not be used in children.

What are the side effects of Finasteride?

   Genitourinary : Impotence, decreased sexual activity, ejaculation disorder, breast enlargement and breast tenderness.
   Body as a whole : Weakness and headache.
   Heart : Low blood pressure.
   Metabolic : Swelling in the extremities.
   Central Nervous System : Dizziness, drowsiness and depression.
   Respiratory : Difficulty in breathing and runny nose.

What are the other precautions for Finasteride?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Finasteride?

Store it at room temperature (30C).




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vinit, India

I have been taking finax 1mg from last 1 year. But now I have stopped taking tablet. What effect will create

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