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Finasteride & Minoxidil

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This bundle contains:

  • Finasteride 1mg tablets: Prescribed for male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia). Prevents further hair loss in men, and is beneficial for men with mild to moderate, but not complete hair loss.
  • Minoxidil 5%: Applied to the scalp to promote hair growth and slows down the balding process. It thickens hair strands and prolongs the growing phase of the hair.

Dosage and how to use

Finasteride 1mg

  • This medication may be taken with or without food.
  • If you experience stomach upset, take the medication with food.
  • Do not take more than once a day.

Minoxidil 5%

  • Wash your hands before and after using this medication
  • Apply Minoxidil lotion when the hair and scalp are clean and dry. Minoxidil foam may be applied when hair is damp.
  • Apply 1ml of the medication to the affected areas on the scalp two times a day (morning and evening), or as directed by your doctor
  • It is not necessary to shampoo your hair before applying this medication. However, if you do wash your hair, you may dry your hair with a hair dryer with cool setting after washing.
  • Do not use a hair dryer after applying the medication as it will reduce the effectiveness of the medication
  • Avoid contact with eyes, nose, mouth, ears or broken skin. Flush the area thoroughly with water if the medication gets into your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Allow the medication to dry completely before you go to bed or applying any hair products (e.g. hair gel, hair mousse). This medication can stain your clothing or bed linen if your hair or scalp is not fully dry after using the medication
  • Do not wash or wet your scalp for at least 4 hours after applying the medication for best effectiveness 
  • Stop this medication for at least 24 hours before and after hair treatment procedures (e.g. hair dye, hair perm) to avoid chemical interactions

What to do if I missed a dose?

Finasteride 1mg

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

Minoxidil 5%

If you forgot to apply a dose of this medication, apply it as soon as you remember. Skip the dose if it is almost time for the next dose. Apply your next dose at the usual time. Do not apply two doses to make up for the missed dose. 

What are some possible side effects?

Finasteride 1mg

  • Unable to get or sustain an erection
  • Decreased libido (sex drive); less desire to have sex
  • Difficulty with ejaculation

These side effects may be temporary and reversible. If they are persistent and become bothersome, please discuss it with your doctor.

Finasteride use in males planning to have children:

  • Finasteride may reduce the amount of sperm and the ability of sperms to move
  • For a man and his partner who have difficulty in having children, please consult your doctor for further assessments​

Minoxidil 5%

  • Scalp irritation, including dryness, scaling, itching and/or redness: Decrease the dose or frequency of application; Stop the medication and consult your doctor if redness or irritation continues.
  • Temporary hair loss (this may occur in the first 1 to 2 months of treatment): Stop the medication if this continues for more than 2 months;
  • Unwanted face or body hair: Avoid dripping the medication over the face and forehead; You may consider using a lower concentration of the medication; If these symptoms do not go away, consult your doctor.

What are some rare but serious side-effects that I need to seek medical advice immediately?

Finasteride 1mg

Rarely, this medication may cause

  • Abnormal breast enlargement, development of lumps in the breast area, breast pain or nipple discharge
  • Pain in the testicles
  • Abnormal reduction in urine volume
  • Persistent inability to have sex especially in men with a history of depression and anxiety (post-finasteride syndrome)

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop the medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Minoxidil 5%

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

In rare cases, Minoxidil can be absorbed into the skin and cause these side effects: 

  • Chest pain 
  • Dizziness 
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Fast/irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling of face, lips, hands or feet
  • Unusual weight gain

If you experience any of these symptoms, stop the medication and consult your doctor immediately.

What precautions should I take?

Finasteride 1mg

  • Use a condom during sexual intercourse to avoid exposing your partner to the medication. This is because the medication can be found in semen. This is to protect your partner if your partner is or may be pregnant, as the medication may affect the normal development of the baby’s sex organs.
  • Avoid donating blood during treatment or for 1 month after you stopped the treatment as there may be a risk that your blood may be given to a pregnant female transfusion recipient.

Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients in this medication.
  • You have heart, liver, prostate or urological diseases.
  • You are going for a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. Finasteride may decrease the level of PSA, which is a prostate-specific tumour marker, in the blood.
  • You have abnormally low mood or have depression.

Minoxidil 5%

Inform your healthcare professional if: 

  • You are allergic to the medication or any of the other ingredients of the medication e.g. propylene glycol or ethanol (alcohol). 
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding 
  • You have high blood pressure or heart problems 
  • Your scalp is inflamed, irritated, infected or sunburned. It should be treated first before using this medication

What other medications and foods should I avoid?

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking or intend to take any other medication, supplements, traditional medications, or herbal remedies.

Handling and storage

  • Keep away from children
  • Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight
  • Keep finasteride 1mg away from children, pregnant women and women who are of childbearing age.
  • To dispose this medication safely, pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

The above information answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

References

https://www.sgh.com.sg/patient-care/medicine/finasteride/

https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/medications/374/Topical-Minoxidil