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Important Safety Information

Finasteride Oral Tablet (generic Propecia®) Oral Minoxidil (generic Loniten®)

Finasteride Oral Tablet (generic Propecia®)

Finasteride is for use in men only.

Finasteride side effects

LATISSE® is an FDA-approved treatment to grow eyelashes for people with inadequate or not enough lashes.

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

Call your doctor at once if you notice any signs of male breast cancer, such as:

Tell your doctor right away if you have:
It may be harder for you to get a woman pregnant while you are using finasteride.

Common side effects of finasteride may include:

The sexual side effects of finasteride may continue after you stop taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about these side effects. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Finasteride should never be taken by a woman or a child.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use finasteride if you are allergic to it.

Using finasteride may increase your risk of developing a serious form of prostate cancer. Ask your doctor about this risk.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Finasteride should never be taken by a woman or a child.

How Should I take Finasteride?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Take with a full glass of water at the same time each day, with or without food.

You may not fully benefit from this medicine for up to 3 months or longer. Use finasteride regularly for the best results.

Your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. You will need frequent prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests to check for prostate cancer.

Tell your doctor if you stop taking finasteride on a regular basis because this could affect your PSA test results.

Store this medicine at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light. 

Keep the tablets in the original container, tightly closed when not in use.


What happens if I miss a dose?

Skip the missed dose and use your next dose at the regular time. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking finasteride?

Do not share finasteride with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.

What other drugs will affect finasteride?

Other drugs may affect finasteride, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.

Finasteride drug interactions

Oral Minoxidil (generic Loniten®)

What is oral Minoxidil?

Oral Minoxidil is a medication that is FDA-approved to treat high blood pressure, but it is also sometimes prescribed off-label in lower dosages for hair loss treatment. When clinical trials were being conducted with oral Minoxidil for blood pressure, many patients reported longer, thicker, and darker hairs growing on the body, including the hair on their scalp. For this reason, some doctors prescribe this medication off-label as an alternative to hair loss medications like Finasteride that modulate DHT in the body, or as an add-on to other topical or oral hair loss treatments.

‍How does oral Minoxidil work?

The exact mechanism behind how Minoxidil leads to hair benefits is not fully known. But, we do know that Minoxidil can increase the size of hair follicles and extend the hair growth phase, this may be what is behind the increased hair growth. We also know that Minoxidil can relax the smooth muscles inside your vessels, increasing blood flow (which is how it works for blood pressure reduction). This increased blood flow to the scalp may be part of the mechanism of slowed hair loss and potential increased growth.

‍How should I take oral Minoxidil tablets?

Take your dose of oral Minoxidil at the same time each day, once a day. You may take Minoxidil with or without food, but you may want to try taking it with food if you notice stomach upset after your dose. If you miss a dose and are only off by a few hours, you may go ahead and take your missed dose. However, if you missed a dose and it has been more than a few hours skip your dose and continue on like usual the next day.

‍How to store oral Minoxidil tablets?

Store your Minoxidil in a closed container at room temperature in a dry environment. Avoid bathroom storage due to a potentially high-humidity environment. Store Minoxidil tablets safely away from pets and children.

‍What are the potential side effects of Minoxidil tablets?

The most common side effect reported with oral Minoxidil tablets is additional hair growth on the face or body, not just the scalp. Other potential more common side effects may include a lowering of your blood pressure, increased swelling of the legs, and headaches. These side effects may be more pronounced when using higher strengths of oral Minoxidil as compared to the lower strengths. Please refer to the Safety Info tab on the product page to review the full safety information and potential side effects of this medication.

‍How long until I may see an effect from oral Minoxidil tablets?

Oral Minoxidil may produce positive hair effects similar to the topical Minoxidil formulas. This may mean that you could start seeing the first beneficial hair effects on the scalp, including the crown and hairline, after a few months of use as directed by your doctor. These hair growth effects may continue as long as the medication is continued. If you stop using Minoxidil, the hair improvements that occurred from the medication will likely stop.

‍Important Safety Information for Minoxidil Tablets

‍Contraindications and warnings:

‍Minoxidil tablets contain a powerful antihypertensive agent which may produce serious adverse effects. It can cause pericardial effusion, occasionally progressing to tamponade, and angina pectoris may be exacerbated. Minoxidil should be reserved for hypertensive patients who do not respond adequately to maximum therapeutic doses of a diuretic and two other antihypertensive agents.

In experimental animals, minoxidil caused several kinds of myocardial lesions as well as other adverse cardiac effects.

Minoxidil tablets must be administered under close supervision, usually concomitantly with therapeutic doses of a beta-adrenergic blocking agent to prevent tachycardia and increased myocardial workload. It must also usually be given with a diuretic, frequently one acting in the ascending limb of the loop of Henle, to prevent serious fluid accumulation. 

Patients with malignant hypertension and those already receiving guanethidine should be hospitalized when Minoxidil is first administered so that they can be monitored to avoid too rapid, or large orthostatic, decreases in blood pressure.

‍Before taking this medication:

You should not use Minoxidil if you are allergic to it, or:

Tell your healthcare provider about:

‍What you should avoid while taking Minoxidil:

‍Side Effects:

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Minoxidil:

‍Common Minoxidil side effects may include:

Call your doctor at once if these side effects occur with Minoxidil use:

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. ‍

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

‍Additional Resources

The following links provide further information on the potential risks and benefits of this medication:


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