JANUARY 21, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE
Patient Information about PROPECIA'
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PROPECIA"' is for use by MEN ONLY.
Please read this leaflet before you start taking PROPECIA Also, read Hie information net*
tew your prescription, just m case anything has changed Remember, this leaflet does not ra)
your doctor You and your doctor should discuss PROPECIA whan you start taking your me
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C NOT be used by women or children
What is PKOPEC1A used fort
PROPECIA .s used for the treatment <
PRQPEOA s '0' M k) MEN ONLY i
What it male pattern hair loss'
Male pattern hair loss is a common condition in which men experience thinning al Ihe hair on the scalp. Often, this
results in a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head. These changes typically begin gradually in men
in their 20s.
Doctors believe male pattern hair loss is due to heredity and is dependent on hormonal effects Doctors refer to this
For 12 months, doctors studied over 1800 men aged IS to 41 with mild to moderate amounts ol ongoing hair loss.
All men. whether receiving PROPECIA or placebo la pill containing no medication) were given a medicated shampoo
(Neutrogena I Gel*"" Shampoo). Of these men, approximately 1200 with hair loss at the top of the head were studied
for an additional 12 months In general, men who took PROPECIA maintained or increased the number of visible scalp
hairs and noticed improvement m their hair in the first year, with [he effect maintained in the second year. Hair counts
m men who did not take PROPECIA continued to decrease
to affect hair in places other
WH) PROPECIA wort tor «»e?
in. PROPECIA increases the number ol scalp hairs, helping to fill in thin or balding areas of the scalp
Men taking PROPECIA noted a slowing of hair loss during two years ot use Although results will vary, generally
you will not be able to grow back all of the hair you have lost. There is not sufficient evidence that PROPECIA works
in the treatment of receding hairline in the temporal atea on both sides of the head.
Male pattern hair loss occurs gradually over time. On average, healthy hair grows only about half an inch each month.
Therefore, it will take time to see any effect
You may need to take PROPECIA daily for three months or more before you see a benefil from taking PROPECIA.
PROPECIA can only work over the long term if you continue taking it. If the drug has not worked for you in twelve
months, further treatment is unlikely to be of benefit. If you stop taking PROPECIA. you will likely lose the hair you have
gained within 12 months of stopping treatment You should discuss this with your doctor.
Follow your doctor's instructions
■ Take one tablet by mouth each day
■ You may take PROPECIA with ot without food.
■ If you forget to take PROPECIA, do ngi take an extra tablet. Just take the next tablet as usual
PROPECIA will no! work faster or better if you take it more than once a day.
of male pattern hair loss in MEN ONLY and should not be taken by women
■ Anyone allergic to any of the ingredients.
A warning about PROPECIA and pregnancy.
■ Women who are or may potentially be pregnant:
- must not use PROPECIA
- should not handle crushed or broken tablets ol PROPECIA.
It a woman who is pregnant with a male baby absorbs the active ingredient in PROPECIA. either by swallowing
or through the skin, it may cause abnormalities of a male baby's sex organs. If a woman who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient in PROPECIA, a doctor should be consulted. PROPECIA tablets are coated and will prevent
contact with the active ingredient during normal handling, provided that the tablets are not broken or crushed
What are the possible tide affects of PROPECIA?
Like alt prescription products, PROPECIA may cause side effects In clinical studies, side effects from PROPECIA were
uncommon and did not affect most men A small number of men experienced certain sexual side effects These men
reported one or more of the following: less desire tor sex. difficulty in achieving an erection; and, a decrease in the
amount of semen. Each of these side effects occurred in less than 2% of men These side effects went away in men who
stopped taking PROPECIA They also disappeared in most men who continued taking PROPECIA
In general use, the following have been reported infrequently: allergic reactions including rash, itching, hives and swelling
of the lips and face; problems with ejaculation; breast tenderness and enlargement; and testicular pain.
Tell your doctor promptly about these or any other unusual side effects.
■ PROPECIA can affect a blood let! called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigenl lor Ihe screening of prostate cancer
If you have a PSA tett done, you should tell your doctor that you are taking PROPECIA.
Storage and handling
Keep PROPECIA in the anginal container and keep the container closed. Store it in a dry place at room temperature
PROPECIA tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling, provided
that the tablets are not broken or crushed.
Oo not give your PROPECIA tablets to anyone else It has been prescribed only for you
Keep PROPECIA and all medications out of the reach of children.
THIS LEAFLET PROVIOES A SUMMARY OF INFORMATION ABOUT PROPECIA. IF AFTER READING THIS LEAFLET YOU
HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR ARE NOT SURE ABOUT ANYTHING. ASK YOUR DOCTOR.
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