Finasteride is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. It blocks the body's production of a male hormone in the scalp that stops hair growth, thereby reversing the balding process and preventing further hair loss.
Q. Does Finast Tablet reduce prostate gland’s size? If yes, how does it work?
Yes, Finast Tablet 5 mg decreases the size of the prostate gland in patients of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is a condition in males wherein there is enlargement of the prostate gland. Finast Tablet blocks the enzyme responsible for the production of dihydrotestosterone and lowers the level of dihydrotestosterone, which is responsible for increased size of prostate.
Q. How long does Finast Tablet take to treat BPH?
You might be able to notice an improvement in your symptoms within a short time. However, it may take 6 months to see the full benefits of using Finast Tablet.
Q. Is Finast Tablet safe for BPH?
Yes, Finast Tablet is safe if taken according to the doctor’s advice. The side effects are usually mild to moderate, and it is very rare to experience serious side effects with Finast Tablet.
Q. Does Finast Tablet lower prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels?
Yes, Finast Tablet can lower PSA levels. Lowered PSA levels can make it hard to detect prostate cancer. However, Finast Tablet does not affect the free to total PSA ratio. The ratio can be used as an aid to detect prostate cancer.
Q. Are the side effects of Finast Tablet permanent?
No, the side effects like decreased sexual desire and inability to develop or maintain erection usually disappear after Finast Tablet is stopped. Also, the side effects disappear if you keep taking Finast Tablet for a long time. Consult your doctor if the side effects worry you.
Q. Can Finast Tablet cause infertility?
No, infertility has not been reported in patients. But, using Finast Tablet may very rarely cause decreased sexual desire, inability to develop or maintain an erection and decreased amount of semen. Consult your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms.
Q. For how long does Finast Tablet stay in your system?
Finast Tablet stays for about 3-4 days in your body, but this can vary from individual to individual.
Q. Does Finast Tablet affect pregnancy?
This medicine is strictly prohibited for women. That being said, pregnant women should not take Finast Tablet due to its effect on the fetus. If you are carrying a male baby and take Finast Tablet, he may be born with abnormalities of sex organs.
Q. At what time of the day should I take Finast Tablet?
You can take Finast Tablet any time of the day but try to take it at the same time each day.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.