Propecia (finasteride) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed for the treatment of male pattern baldness that is also known medically as androgenetic alopecia.
There is only one dose of Propecia (finasteride) for male pattern baldness – Propecia 1 mg once daily.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose of Propecia unless your doctor specifically instructs you to do so.
General Information on Dosage of Propecia
Some considerations for people taking Propecia include the following:
Propecia should be taken at the same time every day.
If you do not take your Propecia as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose of propecia and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.
Propecia dosage can be taken with or without food. If propecia bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
It may take as long as four months before results are seen.
If you stop taking Propecia, the beneficial effects will wear off within less than a year.
Women who are or may be pregnant should not touch broken or crushed Propecia tablets.
For Propecia to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Propecia will not work if you take it differently than how your Pharmacist.
If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with Propecia, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking Propecia without talking to your doctor first.
Propecia works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which decreases the amount of DHT in the body. Since DHT is important for male pattern baldness, using Propecia to decrease DHT levels can help to stop hair loss and regrow hair.
Propecia works for male pattern baldness with hair loss on the top and front of the head. It has not been shown to be effective for a receding hairline near the temples. It is also not licensed to treat hair loss in women or children.
It is not a hair loss cure. Hair loss typically returns within a year of stopping Propecia.
One study was conducted on the use of Propecia for vertex male pattern baldness (hair loss as the very top of the head) in men. At first, the men who took it had new hair growth, while the men who did not take it continued to lose hair. After about a year, the increase in new hair growth stopped for the men taking Propecia, and these men started to slowly lose their hair again. The hair loss was much slower for the men taking it than for the men who were not taking it.
After five years of taking it, 48 percent of men had increased hair growth, 42 percent had no change (but the hair loss had stopped), and only 10 percent had lost hair. For the men who were not taking it, 75 percent had lost hair after five years. This obviously show the effectiveness of Propecia.
In a study looking at Propecia for male hair loss treatment near the front of the head (in the center), Propecia was effective in increasing hair growth. This study did not include men with hair loss near the temples.
Propecia (finasteride) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat male pattern baldness (known medically as androgenetic alopecia). As with all medicines, it is possible to take too much Propecia. Overdose effects of Propecia will vary, depending on a number of factors, including how much Propecia is taken and whether it is taken with any other medicines, alcohol, and/or drugs.
If you happen to overdose on Propecia, seek immediate medical attention.
In clinical studies before Propecia was approved, single doses of up to 400 mg and multiple doses of 80 mg a day did not result in any adverse reactions. However, there have been so few reported cases of Propecia overdoses that the full effects are not known.
Given that there have been so few cases of people who overdosed Propecia, it is also not known what the best treatment is. If the overdose was recent, your doctor may give certain medicines or place a tube into the stomach to pump the stomach. Treatment may also involve supportive care. This type of care consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the Propecia overdose. For example, supportive treatment options for an overdose of Propecia may include:
Fluids through an intravenous line (IV)
Other treatments based on complications that occur.