finasteride

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

GENERIC NAME: finasteride tablets

BRAND NAME: Propecia (for male hair growth)

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: Finasteride (Propecia) is used for the treatment of male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia in males only.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with finasteride are:

Serious side effects include increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer, and increased risk for male breast cancer.

Propecia (1 mg finasteride) was approved by the FDA for the treatment of male pattern baldness in December 1997. Another finasteride oral dosage form, Proscar or 5 mg finasteride tablets are FDA approved only for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and should not be used for androgenetic alopecia. Do not confuse these finasteride tablets.

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 1 mg (Caution; do not confuse these tablets with the 5 mg finasteride tablets (Proscar)

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2016

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