Propecia (Finasteride) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Propecia
It may be recommended to you by your physician to buy Propecia (Finasteride) to treat male pattern baldness on the anterior and vertex mid scalp area. This drug prevents the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. Male pattern hair loss or baldness is defined as the thinning of hair and a receding hairline which could finally result in total balding. By decreasing the amount of dihydrotestosterone in the body, this drug increases the rate of hair regrowth while reducing the rate of hair loss. It is important to note that this drug only regulates hair growth on the scalp, and its usage does not affect hair growth on other body parts.
Side Effects for Propecia
Side effects of Propecia include decreased libido, ejaculation disorder, erectile dysfunction, impotence, breast enlargement, breast tenderness, and rash. Many men may experience a lack of interest in sex while not being able to have an orgasm.
Dizziness, weakness, headache, runny nose, swelling in the hands and feet, and the feeling of passing out are other common side effects of Propecia. In certain cases, you may also experience a serious allergic reaction to the drug, which is marked by severe dizziness, rash, swelling of the face, throat and tongue, as well as hives accompanied by a breathing difficulty.
It is essential to understand that this is not a comprehensive list of side effects, but only some of the most common known ones. In case you experience any of the above symptoms or experience any kind of unnatural discomfort, it is important to contact your doctor immediately and get medical attention.
Propecia should never be administered to or handled by a woman or a child since Finasteride can be absorbed through the skin. Moreover, in case of damaged tablets, absorption is faster, so broken or crushed tablets should be disposed off and not touched.
This drug causes birth defects, so pregnant women should not handle this drug. Any such handling should immediately be followed by washing your hands with soap and water to remove any contamination.
You should notify your doctor about any allergy to Finasteride or any other drug like Dutasteride or any ingredient found in this drug before you buy Propecia.
You should always inform your doctor about your medical history, especially with regard to any liver disease, prostate cancer, stricture of the urethra, bladder muscle disorder, as well as any inability to urinate. Informing your doctor about the above conditions will help him or her prescribe the correct dosage and take other precautions, where required.
Propecia 1mg is the recommended dosage, which is to be taken orally and only once daily. Propecia 1mg can be administered with or without food and should be used for at least three months or more to witness any benefits. Continued usage of this drug after three months should be monitored and evaluated periodically.
There is no conclusive clinical evidence regarding interactions of other drugs with Propecia, but this does not mean that there is no such interaction. Thus, in order to ensure complete safety while using this drug, it is important to inform your doctor about any drug usage, both prescription and over the counter, to avoid any risks and complications.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.