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Avodart Capsules 0.5mg
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Take Avodart exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take the capsule with a full glass of water.

Avodart can be taken with or without food.

Do not chew, crush, or open a Avodart capsule. Swallow the capsule whole. Dutasteride can irritate your lips, mouth, or throat if the capsule has been broken or opened before you swallow it. It may take up to 6 months of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Do not stop taking Avodart without talking to your doctor.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested often. Your doctor will also test your prostate specific antigen (PSA) to check for prostate cancer. Visit your doctor regularly.

Store Avodart at room temperature away from moisture and heat. The capsules may becomesoft and leaky, or they may stick together if they get too hot. Do not use any capsule that is cracked or leaking. Call your pharmacist for instructions on how to safely dispose of a leaking Avodart capsule.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Avodart (dutasteride) prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. DHT is involved in the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Avodart is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate. It helps improve urinary flow and may also reduce your need for prostate surgery later on.

Avodart is sometimes given with another medication called tamsulosin (Flomax). Be sure to read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each of your medications.

Avodart may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Avodart: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • decreased libido (sex drive);

  • decreased amount of semen released during sex;

  • impotence (trouble getting or keeping an erection); or

  • breast tenderness or enlargement.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. 

Using Avodart may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer. Your doctor will perform tests to make sure you do not have other conditions that would prevent you from safely using Avodart.

Before taking Avodart, tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this medication, or to a similar medicine called finasteride (Propecia, Proscar).

Avodart should never be taken by a woman or a child. Dutasteride can be absorbed through the skin, and women or children should not be permitted to handle Avodart capsules. Although this medicine is not for use by women, this medication can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it during pregnancy. Avodart capsules should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant. If a woman accidentally comes into contact with this medication from a leaking capsule, wash the area with soap and water right away.

Propecia (Finasteride) 1mg Tablets
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  • You should take one Propecia 1mg tablet daily at the same time each day, morning or evening.
  • Propecia can take up to 3 – 6 months to achieve an effect, although it may be quicker in some men.
  • If you miss a dose of Propecia, skip the missed dose and continue as normal from the next day. Never take more than one tablet a day to make up for a missed dose.
  • You should never take more than one Propecia tablet a day.
  • You can take Propecia with or without food.

It is important to continue taking Propecia regularly, the effects will reverse after 6 – 12 months of stopping.

Propecia 1mg tablets are available from THE Medical Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, for the treatment of male-pattern baldness (hair loss or androgenic alopecia). To find out more about male pattern baldness and see all the available treatments, see our Online Doctor Hair Loss page.

Propecia 1mg Tablets is a medicine used to reduce hair loss or male pattern baldness. The brand Propecia contains the active ingredient Finasteride. Propecia (Finasteride) works by blocking the action of a hormone in the body called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  DHT can cause hair follicles to shrink and stop producing hair. When the breakdown of testosterone to DHT is prevented by Propecia, hair follicles can return to their natural size and continue to produce hair.

Men regularly taking Propecia 1mg tablets will usually see improved hair growth after three months of use. This gradual improvement will continue for two years. After five years of use studies show that 90% of Propecia users will have the same amount, if not more hair compared to when they started treatment.  If you stop taking Propecia, the beneficial effects will begin to wear off after approximately six months. After nine to twelve months the effects of Propecia will have completely worn off, resulting in the hair loss being the same as it was before treatment.

Propecia 1mg is an oral tablet designed to be taken once a day. The standard dose is for one 1mg tablet to be taken, either with or without food, at any time during the day. Propecia is most effective in men aged 18-41 with mild to moderate hair loss. This is because Propecia is much more effective at preventing hair loss and maintaining hair than regrowing hair that has already been lost, although it can also help in this case.

Although there is no significant clinical data, anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that Propecia can be safely used in conjunction with Regaine (minoxidil) foam or solution for added benefit. There are also a number of hair loss shampoos, conditioners and supplements in our Male Hair Loss section that can be used safely alongside Propecia.

If you do experience side effects from Propecia they may include testicular pain, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased volume of ejaculate, breast tenderness and enlargement; rashes, itching and swelling of the lips and face. Propecia has a small risk of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and skin rash as with all medicines. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for a full list of side effects.

If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is important to let us know immediately. Please log in to your online account and message one of our healthcare professionals or alternatively call us on 0117 332 69 90. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.

Propecia does not normally affect any other medicines.

You should not take Propecia if you are already taking finasteride or dutasteride for your prostate.

Always read the Patient Information Leaflet before you take Propecia. 

Propecia is only suitable for use by men. Propecia should never be taken by women and should not be handled by women of childbearing age. 


Propecia tablets should not be crushed or broken. 

About Hair Loss

Hair Loss Background

THE Medical Online Doctor service allows men suffering with hair loss (commonly known as male-pattern baldness) to have a private consultation with a doctor and receive the treatment they require in a safe and discreet manner.

Hair loss is simply the partial or complete absence of hair from areas on the body where it normally grows. Hair loss is medically known as alopecia and can also be referred to as baldness. Alopecia can affect both men and women of all ages. There are many different types of alopecia with many different causes and symptoms. The most common cause of hair loss is male-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia). This type of hair loss is hereditary and will affect around 50% of all men by the age of 50. Male-pattern baldness is characterised as a receding hairline accompanied by thinning of the hair on the temples and crown. Female-pattern baldness is much less common and is usually characterised by the thinning of hair on top of the head.

Male-pattern baldness is caused by sensitivity of the hair follicles to the hormone testosterone. With exposure to testosterone the hair follicles eventually shrink and stop functioning. Male-pattern baldness is normally genetic and is not a sign of disease or ill health.

Other types of hair loss include:

  • Alopecia areata: This form of hair loss can occur at any age but is far more prevalent amongst teenagers and young adults. It is estimated that six out of every ten people affected will experience their first bout of alopecia areata before they reach the age of twenty. Alopecia areata will present as patches of baldness that can come and go. It is thought to be caused by a problem with the immune system.
  • Scarring alopecia: This can also be referred to as cicatricial alopecia. Scarring Alopecia is usually the result of another condition, such as lichen planus or discoid lupus. Scarring alopecia involves the hair follicle being completely destroyed meaning the hair will not grow back
  • Anagen effluvium: This form of hair loss can affect the whole body. It is most commonly caused by chemotherapy.

The Online Doctor cannot treat these additional types of hair loss; they require specialist treatment.

Hair Loss Symptoms

Male-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia):

Male-pattern baldness causes significant hair loss in up to 6.5 million men in the UK. It can start as early as the teenage years and occurs by the age of 40 in a significant proportion of men. This can cause significant emotional distress in some men, leading to a lack of self-esteem and even depression. Emotional distress is often more pronounced in younger men.

This form of hair loss will usually follow a pattern. It generally starts with a receding hairline as well as thinning of the hair on the temples and crown. It is uncommon for this type of hair loss to result in complete baldness. This form of hair loss usually occurs around the late twenties or early thirties and is normally a very slow process. By a man’s late thirties it is very common for him to have suffered some degree of hair loss.

Female-pattern baldness:

This form of hair loss is less common and differs from male-pattern baldness. The hair generally only thins on top of the head. Female-pattern baldness is usually more prominent after the menopause. Female pattern baldness can be treated using Regaine For Women regular strength.

Alopecia areata:

This is a form of hair loss that will present as patches of baldness. These patches will usually be about the size of a large coin. Alopecia areata can occur anywhere on the body, though it‘s more common to appear on the scalp. Approximately one in every ten sufferers of alopecia areata will also suffers symptoms in the fingernails, causing them to become grooved or pitted.

Scarring alopecia:

The symptoms of scarring alopecia will relate to the underlying condition that is causing it. For example, if lichen planus has caused the hair loss then the affected skin will likely be damaged too. This sets scarring alopeicia apart from other forms of hair loss, as it also affects the skin where the hair has fallen out. Unfortunately, the damaged skin can cause the hair follicle to become damaged or destroyed. This means the hair is unable to grow back and the resulting hair loss is irreversible.

Anagen effluvium:

This form of hair loss is most commonly caused by the cancer treatment, chemotherapy. This form of alopecia is only temporary and the hair should start to grow back within a few months of completing the chemotherapy. The hair loss suffered from anagen effluvium is widespread and can affect the body and face as well as the scalp.

Hair Loss Diagnosis

Most cases of male hair loss (androgenic alopecia) can be self-diagnosed. It is likely someone in your family will have suffered with the same condition and your hair loss will follow a similar pattern. If you are concerned your GP should be able to perform a diagnosis by simple examining your hair and scalp. This examination will help them identify which form of hair loss you are suffering with. Should you desire treatment your doctor will be able to discuss the options available and which would be the most appropriate for you.

Hair Loss Treatment

Hair loss such as male-pattern baldness is usually only treated for cosmetic reasons. The medicines used to effectively treat male-pattern baldness are Finasteride (Propeica) and Minoxidil (Regaine). Neither treatment is available on the NHS and will have to be purchased privately. It is important to start hair loss treatment as soon as possible after you start experiencing male pattern baldness. It is much easier and more effective to keep existing hair rather than grow it back.

Finasteride

Finasteride that is used to treat hair loss is known as Propecia. Propecia comes in a 1mg tablet form and requires one to be taken each day. In the body, the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone causes the hair follicles to shrink. Propecia blocks this conversion, thus allowing the hair follicles to return to their normal size. Propecia is actually thought to increase the amount of hairs people have, improving its overall look. Treatment will usually be required for six months to reverse the balding process. If treatment is halted, then hair loss will likely resume within a six to twelve month period. Finasteride or Propecia 1mg is available to buy with a from THE Medical Online Doctor.

Minoxidil

Minoxidil can be bought over-the-counter without the need for a prescription. It is available as a topical foam or lotion that requires rubbing into the scalp every day. It isn’t exactly clear how minoxidil works but it has been shown to encourage regrowth and thickening of the hair. Like Finasteride, Minoxidil will need to be used for several months before the results are visible. If treatment is stopped then the balding process will usually resume within a few months. Examples of hair loss treatments containing Minoxidil include:

  • Regaine for Men Extra Strength Foam (1 & 3 month packs) - contains Minoxidil 5%
  • Regaine for Men Extra Strength Scalp Solution (1 & 3 month packs) - contains Minoxidil 5%
  • Regaine for Women regular strength (1 month pack) - contains Minoxidil 2%

Other available treatments available for hair loss include wigs and surgical hair transplants.

Hair Loss Prevention

Preventing androgenic alopecia can sometimes be out of your control. Genetic factors can mean it is programmed into your genes to lose your hair. The best approach to adopt is to start treatment early and take good care of your hair and scalp by:

  • Not subjecting it to constant or extreme heating or drying procedures.
  • Reducing the amount of dyeing your hair undergoes. Try using a semi-colour no more than every 6-8 weeks.
  • Being careful about over-styling and the products you use. Some styles require the hair to be pulled tightly with clasps, clips and elastics. This can cause hair loss if done on a daily basis.
  • Washing your hair regularly using a mild shampoo and avoid brushing when the hair is wet.
  • Avoiding rubbing vigorously with a towel when drying. Instead, gently pat dry.
  • Brush the hair using a soft bristled comb or brush.
  • Eating a nutritious, balanced diet. A healthy body is more likely to have healthy, stronger hair.
  • Avoiding stress where possible .
  • Getting plenty of sleep and exercise.
  • Considering stimulating the scalp with a weekly scalp massage.

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