How Finast 5mg Works
It is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. It contains the ingredient Finasteride which works by decreasing the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. The enzyme 5-alpha reductase converts the hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and causes hair follicles to shrink. DHT binds with the receptors of the hair follicles and weakens them over time. This disturbs the natural growth cycle of hair which leads to hair loss. Finast 5 mg blocks the action of 5-alpha reductase and decreases the amount of DHT in the body. This promotes hair regrowth and decreases the prostate size. After some time, new hairs can be seen growing in their original place.
Uses of Finast 5 mg
It is used for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Androgenetic Alopecia – a condition that causes hair loss in men, ultimately leading to baldness.
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) – is an age-related disorder that causes the prostate to increase in size, thereby leading to urination problems.
Dosage of Finast tablet
It is recommended to be taken once daily. This medicine can be taken with or without food.
- For patients suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia, the effects of this medication can be experienced within the first 3-4 months. However, the rate of hair regrowth increases with time and it can take anywhere around 6-9 months for the results to appear.
The effects of this medication may vary depending upon various factors such as age, metabolism, lifestyles, health conditions, etc
Missed Dosage: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. If it’s time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose or an overdose to make up for the missed dose. Make sure that you consume the drug daily as hair loss occurs again when you stop taking the medication.
Overdose: An overdose of the drug can lead to various side effects. If an overdose is suspected, seek medical help immediately.
Before you take Finast 5 mg, tell your doctor:
- If you have a problem such as prostate cancer.
- If you are allergic to Dutasteride or any other medications.
- If you have a problem such as a urethral stricture.
- If you have urination problems.
- If you have a bladder muscle disorder.
- If you have kidney or liver disease.
Side Effects of Finast
Common side-effects include:
- Runny nose
- Abnormal ejaculation
- Loss of interest in sex
- Rapid weight gain
- Swelling or tenderness in the breast
- Swelling in hands or feet
- Chills or cold sweats
- Abdominal pain
If problems persist for long, contact your doctor immediately.
Certain drugs are known to interact with Finast 5 mg and affect the way it works. If you take any recreational or any other form of drugs to treat your existing illnesses or for any other purposes, let your doctor know about them.
- Anticoagulants such as heparin and warfarin
- Beta-blockers such as propranolol
- Antifungal medications such as itraconazole
- St. John’s Wort
- HIV Protease inhibitors such as indinavir, nelfinavir, and ritonavir
Interaction with alcohol
Interaction with alcohol has not been studied. However, patients have reported a decrease in their alcohol consumption after taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about potential interactions.
Storage Instructions of Finast 5mg tablet
It should be stored properly and safely in its original packaging.
- Keep the medicines out of reach of children.
- Keep the pills away from direct heat, moisture, and sunlight.
- Once the pack is opened, store the pills in an airtight container.
- Do not consume the pills past their expiration date.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Finast 5 mg used for?
Ans. It is an oral medication prescribed for the treatment of Enlarged Prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) and Hair Loss (Alopecia) in men. It works by decreasing the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body, thereby improving hair growth and decreasing the size of the prostate.
Is Finast safe to use?
Ans. It is an approved oral drug for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Androgenetic Alopecia in men. It is safe to use in the long term. Patients who have been taking this medicine for over 7 years now haven’t reported any major consequences of the drug.
How long does it take for Finast to regrow hair?
Ans. these tablets are recommended to be taken once daily. The effects of this medicine can be experienced within the first 3-4 months. However, it can take anywhere around 6-9 months to experience the full effects of this medicine as it takes time for the hair follicles to produce new hairs.
What are the side effects of this medicine?
Ans. Side effects of it include headaches, dizziness, nausea, itching, rashes, loss of sexual desire, abnormal ejaculation, runny nose, breast tenderness, and weight gain. If you experience any of these side effects for long, contact your doctor immediately.
Is Finasteride bad for kidneys?
Ans. Some recent studies suggest that finasteride can have an adverse effect on kidneys. The use of finasteride can increase the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI), thereby affecting renal tubular function.
How do I know if Finasteride is working?
Ans. The initial course of treatment causes increased shedding of hair during the first 3-6 months. This is a clear indication that the medicine is working. Hair shedding usually slows down after a period of time and you’re likely to experience potential hair regrowth.
Is there an alternative to Finasteride?
Ans. Minoxidil is an approved medication for the treatment of hair loss in both men and women. It increases the blood flow to the hair follicles and provides all the necessary nutrients required for hair growth. While it may be a good alternative to Finasteride, it works best when the two medicines are taken in combination.
When should Finast not be used?
Ans. it shouldn’t be handled or used by women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
How should Finast be taken?
Ans. This medication is intended to be taken orally with water. Take a single tablet once daily with or without food.
How long should you take Finast?
Ans. You should continue to take these tablets (for at least 3-6 months) unless you start experiencing significant results.
Does Finasteride work on everyone?
Ans. It is an approved medication for the treatment of hair loss and benign prostatic hyperplasia in men. While there are little pieces of evidence on whether this medicine works for women or not, some doctors prescribe it for female pattern hair loss as well. However, it shouldn’t be taken without a doctor’s prescription since it can be dangerous for women who are trying to conceive or are pregnant.
How is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia treated with Finast?
Ans. It contains Finasteride which decreases the amount of DHT in the body and blocks its production at the source. Thus, the prostate shrinks in size and is no longer stimulated. This improves the symptoms and reduces the need for surgery.
Fincar vs Finast – what’s the difference?
Ans. Both these medicines contain the same ingredient Finasteride that is required for the treatment of hair loss in men. The only difference is their manufacturers – Fincar is manufactured by Cipla Ltd. whereas Finast is manufactured by Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories.