Who should not be taking finasteride?

Finasteride is a medication commonly prescribed for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) and, in higher doses, for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Although finasteride can be an effective treatment for these conditions, it is not suitable for everyone. This article discusses the groups of individuals who should not take finasteride and the reasons why.

  1. Pregnant women and women of childbearing age Finasteride is strictly contraindicated for use in women, particularly those who are pregnant or may become pregnant. The medication can be absorbed through the skin and may cause abnormalities in the developing male fetus's external genitalia. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid contact with finasteride tablets or crushed tablets.

  2. Children and adolescents Finasteride is not approved for use in children and adolescents. Its safety and effectiveness in these age groups have not been established. Additionally, the hormonal changes caused by finasteride may have unpredictable effects on the developing body during puberty.

  3. Individuals with a known hypersensitivity to finasteride or its components People with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to finasteride or any of its inactive ingredients should not take the medication. Allergic reactions may include hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.

  4. Individuals with liver problems Finasteride is metabolized in the liver, so people with liver problems should use caution when considering this medication. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor your liver function closely if you have a history of liver disease or abnormal liver function tests.

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