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(Finasteride)

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Proscar
(Finasteride)

Loniten
(Minoxidil)

Helps your hair grow back. Proscar (Finasteride) works great for crown balding, as long as you keep taking it.Coming soon.
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Side effects
PropeciaRogaine
  • Impotence 4%
  • Decreased libido 3%
  • Decreased volume of ejaculate 3%
  • Prostate cancer 1%
  • Breast enlargement 1%
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How it works
PropeciaRogaine
Proscar (Finasteride) is a 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor. It stops dihydrotestosterone (DHT) from shrinking your hair follicles and preventing hair growth. Without DHT, your hair can grow more normally.Coming soon.
Type of medication
PropeciaRogaine
5-alpha reductase inhibitorPrescription only
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Available as
PropeciaRogaine
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  • Topical
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for (click to learn more)
PropeciaRogaine
  • Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
PropeciaRogaine
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        Pregnancy category
        PropeciaRogaine
        XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

        Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

        See the FDA package insert
        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        See the FDA package insert
        Alcohol
        No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
        Food
        • Take Proscar (Finasteride) at the same time every day, with or without food.
        No specific food-related info.
        Kidneys and liver
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        Sex
        • Sexual side effects can continue after you stop taking Proscar (Finasteride).
        • You might have a loss of sexual desire or arousal in the beginning.
        No specific sex-related info.
        Sleep
        No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
        Weight
        No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
        Upsides and benefits
        PropeciaRogaine
        • Helped regrow hair in 88% of men.
        • Comes in a generic form.
        • Is useful as a supplemental treatment to hair transplant surgery.
        • Most side effects go away after your body gets used to Proscar (Finasteride).
        • Helps shrink the prostate gland.
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        Downsides and risks
        PropeciaRogaine
        • Only good for the crown of the head. If you have a receding hairline, Proscar (Finasteride) may not work.
        • If you stop taking it, you will lose the hair you grew while on it.
        • You need to have your blood tested regularly for signs of prostate cancer while taking Proscar (Finasteride).
        • Sexual side effects can continue after you stop taking Proscar (Finasteride).
        • Should never be used by women or children.
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        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        PropeciaRogaine
        • Take Proscar (Finasteride) at the same time every day, with or without food.
        • Hang in there; it can take up to 3 months before you notice any improvement.
        • You might have a loss of sexual desire or arousal in the beginning.
        • It's normal to experience hair shedding in the first few months.
        • Tell your doctor if you notice an unusual rash, swelling of the mouth, tightness in the chest, or trouble breathing.
        • Using Nizoral shampoo with Proscar (Finasteride) greatly helps stop hair loss.
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