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Brand name: Propecia

Propecia is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) finasteride. On this page you will find out more about Propecia, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: finasteride

Information for medicine and pack size:
Propecia 1 mg film-coated tablet, 30

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

PROPECIA is indicated for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) to increase hair growth and prevent further hair loss in men 18 years or older. Efficacy has not been demonstrated in men over the age of 41 years.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Tan, octagonal, film coated convex tablet 'P' logo on one side and "PROPECIA" on the other side (not scored).

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Dosage Form Tablet, film coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
28 tablets (Al/Al): Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
7 tablets (Al/Al): Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
84 tablets (Al/Al): Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Moisture
Life time 3 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

Check if you can use your medicine whilst playing sport. Search the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) database that provides information about the prohibited status of specific medications and/or the active ingredient based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

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