Finasteride is the generic medicine most commonly known under the brand medicine Propecia, which is applied to prevent baldness and facilitate the growing and increase of new hair in men who are diagnosed with male pattern baldness. Finasteride belongs to the type of medicines called steroid reductase inhibitors.
They reduce the level of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in a male’s body. Propecia is prescribed to treat male pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia at the crown and in the middle of the scalp.
The other purpose of Finasteride use is to treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia in men. If you are prescribed to use this medicine, it is essential to talk to your doctor about the interactions possible with it. The interactions may happen with alcohol, other medicines and foods. Your doctor can identify if any drug interactions can occur.
So, before using Finasteride check for any possible interactions. Though, there was no evidence of any drug interactions between Finasteride and other medications, the following medicines may increase the risk of Finasteride side effects: • Warfarin (Jantoven, Coumadin) • Antipyrine and benzocaine otic (A/B Otic, Aurodex, Rx-Otic) • Digoxin (Lanoxin) • Propranolol (Inderal) • Theophylline (Theolair, Theo-24, Uniphyl, Elixophyllin, Elixophylline, Quibron-T) It is absolutely necessary to inform your doctor about all medicines you are taking.
Finasteride is a life-long medicine, so you may need to consult your doctor more often especially if you are prescribed other medicines.
Alcohol does not affect the actions of Finasteride. Still its overuse can result in liver problems. As Finasteride is metabolized by the liver, the consumption of alcohol should be limited.
Besides, patients with liver disorders should be watchful for any deterioration of their health state while using Finasteride and in case of any side effect development, stop using this drug.