Store your Finasteride in a closed container at room temperature in a dry environment. Avoid bathroom storage due to a potentially high humidity environment. Store Finasteride safely away from pets and children. Finasteride is a category X medication, meaning that it can cause birth defects. For this reason, women should not handle even the unbroken Finasteride tablets. If a tablet is crushed, its exposure to skin can increase when handled.
There is not usually a shedding period if you are switching from an oral Finasteride or Dutasteride to topical Finasteride or Dutasteride, or from a topical to an oral form. However, if you have been using a topical Minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine) product and you are switching to a medication that does not contain Minoxidil, you may see shedding. To help avoid this shedding, you can do a slow taper of the Minoxidil product over 6-8 weeks while transitioning to the new product, or you can make sure there is Minoxidil in your new formula.
The potential side effects when using Finasteride 1mg tablets include depression, anxiety, dizziness, weakness, lightheadedness, headache, difficulty urinating, testicular pain, runny nose, rash, allergic reactions, swelling of hands or feet, swelling, pain, leakage, or tenderness of the breast tissue. A small percentage of men in clinical trials (3.8%) experienced sexual side effects including reducing sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, or lowered semen volume, which may continue after stopping treatment. It is worth noting that in these same trials, 2.1% of men taking the placebo also reported these sexual effects. See the Important Safety Information for a full list of potential side effects.
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