Fincar is prescribed to treat the symptoms of male pattern hair loss. However, your doctor may also prescribe Fincar for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Fincar
The ideal way to use Fincar is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions. The ideal dosage is 1 pill a day.
Fincar may be taken with or without a meal to avoid stomach problems.
Preferably, Fincar should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it. It may take up to 3 months to strart noticing the effects of the drug.
You must not stop taking Fincar without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Fincar inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone in the body. It is DHT that leads to an enlarged prostate and hair loss in men. So Fincar is also prescribed for the treatment of BPH.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Fincar to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Fincar between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Fincar in the bathroom.
Consult your doctor before using Fincar if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this medication, or to a similar medicine called dutasteride (Avodart), if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Fincar if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
If you notice symptoms like breast lumps, pain, nipple discharge, or other breast changes, then stop using and contact your doctor immediately. These may be symptoms of male breast cancer.
Fincar should never be used by women. If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor if you are exposed to the drug as Fincar may harm your fetus. Please keep in mind that the drug can also be absorbed through the skin and coming in contact with a broken or crushed tablet is dangerous.
Wash the area with soap and warm water and contact your doctor immediately if this occurs.