What Is Propecia?
Propecia is a drug that helps convert testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) when it is introduced into the body. Propecia is also known as Finasteride and is an awesome option for preventing certain health problems. DHT has been linked to the development of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia).
Propecia can help men suffering from male pattern baldness as well as BPH. BPH causing a man’s prostate to become enlarged, which can lead to other severe problems as well. This drug can also help aleve other problems that are not listed in this guide.
Information About Propecia
One of the most important things to understand about Finasteride is that it should never be handled by women and children. Finasteride can be absorbed through physical contact(skin) even when it is tablet form.
If a woman is exposed to Finasteride during her pregnancy it can severely affect the unborn child. Finasteride should absolutely never be handled by a woman planning on getting pregnant. If a woman does come in contact with a Propecia tablet, they should quickly wash the area with soapy water.
Before taking Propecia it is advised that you talk to your doctor about any allergies that you have. Notify your doctor if you have an allergic reaction to this medication or Avodart. The usage of this medication can increase your chances of getting prostate cancer. Before taking this medication your doctor will screen you to ensure that you have no medical problems. Immediately call your doctor if you notice any lumps in the breast, soreness in the chest, or nipple discharge, these may be signs of male breast cancer.
Things to Talk About with Your Doctor
Propecia should not be taken by either children or women. To ensure that you can safely take this medication, tell your doctors if you have any of these symptoms:
- liver problems such as: liver disease and liver enzyme abnormality
- prostate cancer
- bladder muscle problems
- problems within your urethra
- problems urinating
- allergic reactions to certain medications such as Avodart
Possible Side Effects of Propecia
It is important to get emergency help if you find yourself having any signs of an allergic reactions. Swelling of the lips, or mouth, hives or shortness of breath should all be considered signs of an allergic reaction. There are a few less serious side effects that may be included:
- loss of sexual desire or drive, impotence, problems having an orgasm
- weird or abnormal ejaculation
- swelling in the hands or feet
- tenderness in the chest(breast)
- weakness or dizziness
- feeling light headed or drowsy
- runny nose
- skin rash
The sexual side effects of taking Propecia can be long lasting and may continue after discounting usage. Decreases in libido, trouble obtaining an erection and ejaculation problems should be consulted with your doctor. This list is not comprehensive and other side effects may occur. Report these and other side effects to the FDA(1-800-FDA-1088.)
Interactions with Other Drugs
There are other drugs that may interact with Propecia. It is vitally important that you tell your physician all about the other medications that you are taking. These medications includes: over the counter medicines and even some vitamins as well as supplements. Never start a new medication while taking Propecia without telling your doctor.
What to Avoid While Taking Propecia
One of the biggest things to remember when taking Propecia is not getting up too fast. When sleeping or sitting down it is important that you get up slowly. While you are taking Propecia you may find that getting up too quickly can cause you to become very dizzy or nauseous.
Best Way to Take Propecia
Propecia should be taken according to the prescribed dosage that was given to you buy your doctor. You should never take larger amounts of Propecia than was advised by your doctor. Also, never take this medication for longer than has been prescribed. Make sure that you take this medication by the prescription on the label.
Ensure that you drink Propecia with a eight ounce glass of water. This medication can be taken with or without food. It is vital that you take the medication at the same time that you always do. One way to make sure that your medication is helping and not harming you, is to have your blood work tested. Your doctor may also have to test your Prostate Specific Antigen(PSA) to check that you do not have prostate cancer.
While taking this medication may sure that you are visiting the doctor regularly. Taking Propecia regularly will help you benefit from its usage. Also make sure that you are constantly getting your prescription refilled before you run out.
Store at a cool, enclosed space. Keep away from moisture, light and heat. Keep the bottle closed very tightly when not being used.
What to Do If You Overdose
If you ever overdose on Propecia make sure that you immediately call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What to Do If You Miss a Dosage
If you miss a dosage ensure that you take it as soon as you remember to. Always skip the missed dose if it time for you to take the next dosage. Never take extra dosage to catch up with missed dosages.