is for use by
be used by women or children.
before you start taking PROPECIA
each time you get a refill
. There may
new information. T
does not take the place of talking
with your healthcare provider
your medical condition or treatment.
What is PROPECIA?
PROPECIA is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss
It is not known if PROPECIA works for a receding hairline on either side of and above your forehead
PROPECIA is not for use by women and children.
Who should not take PROPECIA?
Do not take PROPECIA if you:
or may become
PROPECIA may harm your unborn baby.
PROPECIA tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the medicine during handling,
as long as the tablets are not broken or crushed. Females who are pregnant or who may
become pregnant should not come in contact with broken or crushed PROPECIA tablets.
If a pregnant woman comes in contact with crushed or broken PROPECIA tablets, wash
the contact area right away with soap and water.
If a woman who is pregnant comes into
contact with the activ
e ingredient in PROPECIA, a healthcare provider should be
If a wom
an who is pregnant with a male baby swallows or comes in contact with the
medicine in PROPECIA, the male baby may be born with sex organs that are not normal.
are allergic to any
of the ingredients in PROPECIA. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of
ingredients in PROPECIA.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking PROPECIA?
Before taking PROPECIA,
tell your healthcare provider if you:
have any other medical conditions, including problems with your prostate or liver
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take,
including prescription and non-
prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a
list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when
you get a new medicine.
How should I take PROPECIA?
Take PROPECIA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
You may take PROPECIA with or without food.
If you forget to tak
e PROPECIA, do not
take an extra tablet. Just take the next tablet as usual.
PROPECIA will not
work faster or better if you take it more than once a day.
What are the possible side effects of PROPECIA?
decrease in your blood Prostate Specific Antigen (P
PROPECIA can affect a blood
test called PSA (Prostate-
Specific Antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA
test done you should tell your healthcare provider that you are taking PROPECIA because
PROPECIA decreases PSA level
s. Changes in PSA levels will need to be evaluated by your
healthcare provider. Any increase in follow
-up PSA levels from their lowest point may signal the
presence of prostate cancer and should be evaluated, even if the test results are still within the
normal range for men not taking PROPECIA. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you
have not been taking PROPECIA as prescribed because this may affect the PSA test results. For
more information, talk to your healthcare provider.
There may be an
increased risk of a more serious form of prostate cancer in men taking
finasteride at 5 times the dose of PROPECIA
The most common side effects of PROPECIA include:
decrease in sex
trouble getting or keeping
a decrease in the amount of semen
The following have been reported in general use with PROPECIA:
breast tenderness and enlargement
. Tell your healthcare provider about any changes in your
breasts such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge.
decrease in sex drive that continued after stopping the medication;
allergic reactions including rash, itching, hives and swelling of the lips
, tongue, throat,
problems with ejaculation
that continued after stopping medication;
difficulty in achieving an erection that continued after stopping the medication;
male infertility and/or poor quality of semen.
in rare cas
es, male breast cancer
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of PROPECIA. For more information, ask your healthcare
provider or pharmacist.
for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-
How should I s
at room temperature between 59 ̊F to 86 ̊F (15 ̊C to 30 ̊C).
PROPECIA in a
and keep PROPECIA tablets dry (protect from
Keep PROPECIA and all medicines
out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effe
ctive use of PROPECIA.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in this
. Do not use PROPECIA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give PROPECIA to
other people, even if they have
the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
This Patient Information
summarizes the most important information about PROPECIA. If you
would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare
provider for information about PROPECIA that is written for health professionals.
For more information,
What are the ingredients in PROPECIA?
Active ingredient: finasteride.
Inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch, sodium starch
glycolate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate,
talc, docusate sodium, yellow ferric oxide, and red ferric oxide.
This Patient Information has been appr
oved by the U.S
. Food and Drug Administration.
For patent information: www.merck.com/product/patent/home.html
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Merck & Co., Inc.
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