How Fincar 5 mg Works
It is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor that contains the ingredient Finasteride in it. It blocks the action of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, thereby promoting hair regrowth. The action of 5-alpha reductase helps convert the male sex hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is known to bind with the receptors of the hair follicles, causing them to lose their strength and shrink. As a result, the natural growth cycle of the hair is disturbed which results in hair loss. Furthermore, the size of the prostate also increases. Fincar 5 mg stops the action of 5-alpha reductase and decreases the amount of DHT in the body. It also helps to prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT. This leads to an increased hair regrowth and a decreased prostate size.
Uses of Fincar 5 mg
It is prescribed for the treatment of the following diseases:
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) – an age-associated prostate gland enlargement condition that is non cancerous and results in urination difficulty.
- Androgenetic Alopecia – a condition that causes hair loss in men which ultimately leads to baldness.
Dosage of Fincar tablet
It is recommended to be taken once daily. This medicine can be taken with or without food.
- For patients suffering from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), the effects can be experienced in 6 months.
- For patients suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia, the effects can be experienced within the first 3-4 months. However, the full effects of this medication can take anywhere around 6-9 months to appear.
The effects may vary depending upon factors such as age, metabolism, 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 an overdose to make up for the missed dose. Make sure that you follow a daily dosage as hair loss occurs again when you stop taking the medication.
Overdose: An overdose of the drug should be avoided at all costs. An overdose can deteriorate your health and lead to serious side-effects. If problems persist for long, contact your doctor immediately.
Before you take Fincar 5 mg, tell your doctor:
- If you are allergic to Dutasteride or any other medications.
- If you have prostate cancer.
- If you have stricture of the urethra.
- If you have a bladder muscle disorder.
- If you have urination problems.
- If you have kidney or liver disease or abnormal liver enzyme tests.
Side Effects of Fincar 5 mg
Common side-effects include:
- Runny nose
- Loss of sexual desire
- Abnormal ejaculation
- Breast tenderness
- Swelling in hands or feet
- Pain in testicles
- Rapid weight gain
- Abdominal pain
If you experience any side-effects for long, contact your doctor immediately.
Certain drugs are known to interact with Fincar 5 mg and affect the way it works. If you take any herbal, OTC, recreational, or any other drugs to treat your health condition or for any other purposes, let your doctor know about them.
- Blood thinners such as warfarin
- Beta-blockers such as atenolol and propranolol
- Antipyrine (phenazone)
- Calcium channel blockers such as diltiazem
- Oral antifungals such as itraconazole and ketoconazole
- Medicines for respiratory diseases such as theophylline
- St. John’s Wort
- Cardiac glycosides such as digoxin
- HIV Protease inhibitors such as nelfinavir
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.
Fincar 5 mg tablets should be stored properly and safely in their 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 Fincar used for?
Ans. It is used for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and Alopecia in men. It shrinks the prostate size and improves hair regrowth in men.
What are the side-effects of Fincar 5 mg?
Ans. Some common side-effects include headaches, nausea, dizziness, runny nose, loss of sexual interest, abnormal ejaculation, rashes, and itching. If problems persist for long, contact your doctor immediately.
How does Fincar work?
Ans. It contain the ingredient Finasteride that works by decreasing the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. It blocks the action of the enzyme 5α-Reductase and promotes hair regrowth. It also decreases the size of the prostate.
Can I drink alcohol with this medicine?
Ans. There aren’t any clinical pieces of evidence available for the interaction between alcohol and Fincar. However, several patients have reported a decrease in their alcohol consumption after using this medicine. Talk to your doctor about potential interactions.
When do Fincar sides go away?
Ans. It is known to have a relatively short half-life. So, once a person stops taking the medication, the effects can take anywhere around 7 days to leave the system and you’re likely to experience hair loss again.
Does Finasteride increase estrogen?
Ans. Various studies suggest that finasteride increases the risk of prostate cancer. It has been seen that prostatic hyperplasia and cancer develop when there’s an excess of estrogens over androgens. Such hormonal imbalances are seen in aging males. Finasteride increases the circulating levels of testosterone which gets peripherally aromatized to estrogens. Thus, in aging males, the use of finasteride shifts the hormonal balance towards estrogen excess. The same hasn’t been observed in young and middle-aged men.
Fincar vs Finasteride – what’s the difference?
Ans. Fincar is the brand name of the medication Finasteride. Both Fincar and generic Finasteride work in a similar manner and contain the same vital ingredient. The best part – Fincar is relatively cheaper than the brand available in the market i.e. Propecia.
What does Finasteride do to the body?
Ans. Finasteride works by decreasing the amount of the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. It blocks the action of an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, thereby decreasing the size of the prostate and increasing hair growth on the scalp.
Should Finasteride be taken at night?
Ans. You can take Finasteride at any time of the day. Make sure that you take it at the same time every day to increase its effectiveness.
Do I need to take Fincar every day?
Ans. Yes! A single tablet of Fincar 5 mg should be taken once daily. It can take anywhere around 3-4 months for the results to appear.
Does Finasteride thicken hair?
Ans. Finasteride has been known to significantly increase hair weight and improve hair quality – making hair grow stronger, thicker, and faster than before. Many users have reported hair regrowth and an increase in thickness.
Do I have to use Minoxidil with Fincar?
Ans. Minoxidil helps to slow hair loss by increasing the blood flow and providing nutrients to the hair follicles. On the other hand, It provides hair regrowth and improves hair thickness. The combination of both these medicines has been known to more effective for hair preservation than using either of them alone.
Is 5mg of Finasteride too much?
Ans. Finasteride comes in two doses, namely 1 mg and 5 mg. Depending upon your condition, your doctor will prescribe you a suitable dose of the medicine. A dose of Finasteride 5mg isn’t much and considered safe when taken within the prescribed limit i.e. 1 tablet per day. Moreover, most of the doctors consider 1 mg dose to be sufficient. Follow your doctor’s prescription and do not consume an overdose.
Can Finasteride 5mg be cut in half?
Ans. Finasteride 5mg can be cut in half depending upon the dose prescribed to you. Most doctors help patients save up medicinal costs by prescribing a dose of 5 mg as it can be cut into half or even four pieces. Doctors usually prescribe Finasteride 1 mg and consider that cutting the 5 mg dose into four pieces can make a piece equal to 1.25 mg. Thus, a single tablet can essentially be taken in 4 days.