Propecia is used to treat male pattern hair loss, including thinning of the hair, receding hairline, and balding. It works by preventing the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. Propecia is only for men, and should not be used by women or children.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Propecia exactly as prescribed.
Propecia can be absorbed through the skin. Women and children should never handle Propecia tablets, especially if they are broken. If contact occurs, wash with soap and water immediately.
If handled by a pregnant woman, Propecia may cause birth defects
Propecia may affect the results of a PSA test to screen for prostate cancer. If you have this test done, be sure your doctor knows you’re taking Propecia.
Propecia may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Before taking Propecia, inform your doctor if you have:
Common side effects of Propecia include:
Signs of an allergic reaction include:
Can women with thinning hair take Propecia?
Because Propecia works by altering hormones in the body, it may not have the same effect in women. Propecia is not FDA approved for use in women, and is dangerous for anyone who is or may become pregnant.
If I experience sexual side effects, should I stop taking Propecia?
Sexual side effects may not go away with continued use, and can persist even after you stop taking Propecia. Consult your doctor about your specific sexual side effects.