In a study involving 137 postmenopausal women with androgenetic alopecia who were treated with finasteride (n=67) or placebo (n=70) for 12 months, effectiveness could not be demonstrated. There was no improvement in hair counts, patient self-assessment, investigator assessment, or ratings of standardized photographs in the women treated with finasteride when compared with the placebo group [see Indications and Usage (1)] .
NDC: 50436-0089-1 30 TABLET, FILM COATED in a BOTTLE
NDC: 50436-0089-3 90 TABLET, FILM COATED in a BOTTLE
Physicians should inform patients that women who are pregnant or may potentially be pregnant should not handle crushed or broken finasteride tablets because of the possibility of absorption of finasteride and the subsequent potential risk to a male fetus. Finasteride tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling, provided that the tablets have not been broken or crushed. If a woman who is pregnant or may potentially be pregnant comes in contact with crushed or broken finasteride tablets, the contact area should be washed immediately with soap and water [see Contraindications (4), Warnings and Precautions (5.1), Use in Specific Populations (8.1) and How Supplied/Storage and Handling (16)] .
Patients should be informed that there was an increase in high-grade prostate cancer in men treated with 5α-reductase inhibitors indicated for BPH treatment, compared to those treated with placebo in studies looking at the use of these drugs to prevent prostate cancer [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3) and Adverse Reactions (6.1)].
Physicians should instruct their patients to promptly report any changes in their breasts such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge. Breast changes including breast enlargement, tenderness and neoplasm have been reported [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)] .
Physicians should instruct their patients to read the patient package insert before starting therapy with finasteride and to read it again each time the prescription is renewed so that they are aware of current information for patients regarding finasteride.
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Finasteride Tablets 1 mg
Finasteride tablets 1 mg are for use by MEN ONLY and should NOT be used by women or children.
Read this Patient Information before you start taking finasteride tablets 1 mg and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.
What are finasteride tablets 1 mg?
Finasteride tablets 1 mg are a prescription medicine used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
It is not known if finasteride tablets 1 mg works for a receding hairline on either side of and above your forehead (temporal area).
Finasteride tablets 1 mg are not for use by women and children.
Who should not take finasteride tablets 1 mg?
Do not take finasteride tablets 1 mg if you:
- are pregnant or may become pregnant. Finasteride tablets 1 mg may harm your unborn baby.
- Finasteride tablets 1 mg 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 finasteride tablets 1 mg. If a pregnant woman comes in contact with crushed or broken finasteride tablets 1 mg, wash the contact area right away with soap and water. If a woman who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient in finasteride tablets 1 mg, a healthcare provider should be consulted.
- If a woman who is pregnant with a male baby swallows or comes in contact with the medicine in finasteride tablets 1 mg, the male baby may be born with sex organs that are not normal.
- are allergic to any of the ingredients in finasteride tablets 1 mg. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in finasteride tablets 1 mg.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking finasteride tablets 1 mg?
Before taking finasteride tablets 1 mg, 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 finasteride tablets 1 mg?
- Take finasteride tablets 1 mg exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
- You may take finasteride tablets 1 mg with or without food.
- If you forget to take finasteride tablets 1 mg, do not take an extra tablet. Just take the next tablet as usual.
Finasteride tablets 1 mg will not work faster or better if you take it more than once a day.
What are the possible side effects of finasteride tablets 1 mg?
- decrease in your blood Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. Finasteride 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 finasteride tablets 1 mg because finasteride decreases PSA levels. 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 finasteride tablets 1 mg. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you have not been taking finasteride tablets 1 mg 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 finasteride tablets 1 mg.
The most common side effects of finasteride tablets 1 mg include:
- decrease in sex drive
- trouble getting or keeping an erection
- a decrease in the amount of semen
The following have been reported in general use with finasteride tablets 1 mg:
- 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, and face;
- problems with ejaculation that continued after stopping medication;
- testicular pain;
- difficulty in achieving an erection that continued after stopping the medication;
- male infertility and/or poor quality of semen.
- in rare cases, 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 finasteride tablets 1 mg. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store finasteride tablets 1 mg?
- Store finasteride tablets 1 mg at room temperature between 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C).
- Keep finasteride tablets 1 mg in a closed container and keep finasteride tablets 1 mg dry (protect from moisture).
Keep finasteride tablets 1 mg and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of finasteride tablets 1 mg.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in this Patient Information leaflet. Do not use finasteride tablets 1 mg for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give finasteride tablets 1 mg to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
This Patient Information leaflet summarizes the most important information about finasteride tablets 1 mg. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about finasteride tablets 1 mg that is written for health professionals.
What are the ingredients in finasteride tablets 1 mg?
Active ingredient: finasteride.
Inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch (maize), sodium starch glycolate, lauroyl macrogolglycerides, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol, iron oxide red, and iron oxide yellow.
This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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