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Propecia
(finasteride)

1mg tablet

PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE

Indications

  • PROPECIA is indicated for the treatment of men with male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) to increase hair growth and prevent further hair loss.
  • PROPECIA is not indicated for use in women or children. PROPECIA is not effective in postmenopausal women with androgenetic alopecia.

PROPECIA is a new, effective treatment to help prevent further hair loss in men. Unlike previous treatments it is available in a convenient tablet form that is taken once daily. PROPECIA is only available with a doctors prescription in New Zealand. PROPECIA is produced by Merck & Co inc., one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, and marketed in New Zealand by Merck Sharp and Dohme (NZ) Ltd.

IMPORTANT: PROPECIA is for use by MEN ONLY and should NOT be used by women or children.

How much does it cost?
At CyberChemist PROPECIA costs $95.00 per month delivered to your door - (someone will need to be available to sign for the courier). You could be paying over $100 per month elsewhere. CyberChemist also participates in the Merck Sharp & Dohme 'Propecia Rewards' scheme where, after the 3rd pack you obtain from us, the 4th pack is free with your next prescription (only available for customers within New Zealand). This scheme is reliant on you completing the Propecia package inserts and forwarding them to Merck Sharp & Dohme (NZ) Ltd. CyberChemist also provides a customer support centre where you can call one of our pharmacists free during normal business hours on 0800-327-336.

CyberChemist can dispense your prescription
If you have a prescription for Propecia and would like it dispensed at CyberChemist click the 'Order Propecia Now' button below.

An online Hair Loss Clinic has recently been launched by Doctor Global (www.doctorglobal.com). You can visit this website to find out if Propecia is right for you.

What is PROPECIA used for?
PROPECIA is used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area.

What is male pattern hair loss?
Male pattern hair loss is a common condition in which men experience thinning of the 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 refer to this type of hair loss as androgenetic alopecia. Researchers in this area believe male pattern hair loss is due to heredity and is dependent on a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT contributes to a shortening of the growth phase and a thinning of the hair. Men with male pattern baldness have increased levels of DHT in their scalps

How does PROPECIA work?
PROPECIA lowers the levels of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp and serum by blocking 5 alpha-reductase, an important enzyme involved in regulating the hair follicle.

Results of clinical studies: For 12 months, doctors studied over 1800 men aged 18 to 41 with mild to moderate amounts of ongoing hair loss. All men, whether receiving PROPECIA or placebo (a tablet containing no medication) were given a medicated 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 in their hair in the first year, with the effect maintained in the second year. Hair counts in men who did not take PROPECIA continued to decrease. This study is now in its fourth year and results will be updated in the near future.

86% of men treated with PROPECIA had no further hair loss, compared to 42% in the placebo treated group (based on any decrease in vertex hair count from baseline at month 12). 48% of men had improved hair growth compared with 7% of men receiving placebo. These results were based on detailed hair counts, photographic assessment by an expert panel of dermatologists, investigator assessment and patient self-assessment questionnaires.

In one study, patients were questioned on the growth of body hair. PROPECIA did not appear to affect hair in places other than the scalp.

Will PROPECIA work for me?
In almost 50% of cases, PROPECIA increases the number of scalp hairs, helping to fill in thin or balding areas of the scalp. In clinical trials, men taking PROPECIA noted a slowing of hair loss during two years of 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 area 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 benefit 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.

PROPECIA Customer Rewards
In each pack of PROPECIA is a coupon . To enter our Customer Rewards programme simply return the coupon each time you collect your new pack of PROPECIA. Once we have received your first three coupons we'll give you your next pack free!

How should I take PROPECIA?
Follow the instructions of your doctor and pharmacist.
  • Take one tablet daily.
  • You may take PROPECIA with or without food.
  • If you forget to take PROPECIA, do not take an extra tablet. Just take the next tablet as usual.

PROPECIA will not work faster or better if you take it more than once a day.

If you have any questions or concerns call us FREE on 0800-327-336 (8.30am - 6pm) to speak with one of our pharmacists.

Who should NOT take PROPECIA?

  • PROPECIA is for the treatment of male pattern hair loss in MEN ONLY and should not be taken by women or children.
  • 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 of PROPECIA.

If a women 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 side effects of PROPECIA?
Like all 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 for 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.

The active ingredient in PROPECIA is also used by older men at a five-times higher dose to treat enlargement of the prostate. Some of these men reported other side effects, including problems with ejaculation, breast swelling and/or tenderness and allergic reactions such as lip swelling and rash. In clinical studies with PROPECIA, these side effects occurred as often in men taking placebo as in those taking PROPECIA.

Tell your doctor promptly about these or any other unusual effects.

  • PROPECIA can effect a blood test called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA test done, you should tell your doctor that you are taking PROPECIA.

Storage and handling.

Keep PROPECIA in the original 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.

Do 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.

Propecia is a registered trade mark of Merck Sharp and Dohme (NZ) Ltd.

Eye Drops

  • Wash your hands before use and do not touch the dropper with your fingers.
  • Tilt your head back, pull out the lower lid to make a pouch and look up.
  • Instil 1 drop at a time into the pouch - don’t let the dropper touch the eye.
  • Close the eye and press gently on the corner of the eye next to the nose - this keeps the drops in the eye.
  • Always discard any remaining contents a month after opening.

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