Finpecia® is manufactured by Cipla and used to treat male baldness.
Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) in men affects a large percentage of men worldwide. It is a hereditary condition in which the hair follicles are particularly sensitive to the sex hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Male baldness begins above the temples and vertex, or calvaria, of the scalp. As it progresses, a rim of hair at the sides and rear of the head remains.
Each tablet of Finpecia® contains the active ingredient Finasteride. Finaseride has a trichogenic (hair growth-promoting) activity. It is an oral type 2 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor that blocks the conversion of testosterone to the potent androgen 5-alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High levels of DHT can cause the hair follicle to miniaturize and atrophy. Finasteride decreases scalp and serum DHT concentrations, thus inhibiting a key factor in the etiology of androgenetic alopecia.
Finasteride dramatically reduces levels of DHT (by up to 60%), thus, taking Finpecia® largely decreases hair loss and increases hair growth.
Finasteride in higher doses (Finast®, Fincar®, Proscar®, Prosteride®) is used for the treatment and maintenance of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), female hirsutism (non-pregnant women with PCOS or with idiopathic hirsutism).
Finpecia® for the MPHL treatment is available in tablets.Each tablet contains 1 mg of Finasteride.
Take one tablet orally (by mouth) once a day, with or without food.
You should take the Finpecia® at the same time every day.
Take Finpecia® daily for at least 3 months or more if necessary before any noticeable results occur.
If Finpecia® has not worked for you over a 12 months course then it is unlikely that further treatment will benefit.
Do not stop taking Finpecia® suddenly, as any therapeutic benefits will be reversed.
Always consult your doctor or pharmacist if you want to stop the treatment before time or if you are intended to prolong treatment.
Missing a dose
If you miss a dose you should take it as soon as you remember about your missing. If it is the time for the next dose you should continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not exceed the doctor's recommended dose.
If an overdose occurs and you are feeling unwell, you should seek emergency medical attention or contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) and away from excess moisture and heat. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.