APEPLUS (PROPECIA) INDICATIONS
Apeplus is used for treating certain types of male pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia) in men. Apeplus is a steroid reductase inhibitor. It works by reducing the amount of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. This may block certain types of hair loss in men.
APEPLUS (PROPECIA) INSTRUCTIONS
Use Apeplus as directed by your doctor.
- Take Apeplus by mouth with or without food.
- Continue to take Apeplus even if you notice improvement of your symptoms. Do not miss any dose.
- Taking Apeplus at the same time each day will help your remember to take it.
- If you miss a dose of Apeplus, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Apeplus.
APEPLUS (PROPECIA) STORAGE
Store Apeplus at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Apeplus out of the reach of children and away from pets.
APEPLUS (PROPECIA) MORE INFO:
Active Ingredient: Finasteride.
Inactive Ingredients: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch, sodium starch glycolate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose LF, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, talc, docusate sodium, yellow ferric oxide, and red ferric oxide.
Apeplus can affect 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(s) that you are taking Apeplus. Because Apeplus decreases PSA levels, changes in PSA levels will need to be carefully evaluated by your doctor(s). Any increase in follow-up PSA levels from their lowest point should be carefully evaluated even if the test results are still within the normal range for men not taking Apeplus. You should also tell your doctor if you have not been taking Apeplus as prescribed because this may affect the PSA test results. For more information, talk to your doctor.
Do NOT use Apeplus if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Apeplus
- the patient is a woman or a child.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Apeplus. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a narrowing or blockage in the urinary tract, prostate cancer, or trouble urinating
- if you have a history of abnormal liver function tests or liver problems.
Some medicines may interact with Apeplus. However, no specific interactions with Apeplus are known at this time. Ask your health care provider if Apeplus may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Important safety information:
- You may need to take Apeplus for up to 3 months before you notice any improvement. Do not take more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
- If your symptoms do not improve within 12 months, check with your doctor. You may need to discuss other treatment options.
- Infrequently, Apeplus may cause decreased sexual desire or ability. These effects usually decrease in men who continue to take Apeplus. If they continue or become bothersome, check with your doctor.
- Apeplus may increase the risk of certain birth defects, including abnormal formation of genitalia in male fetuses. Apeplus is coated to prevent contact with finasteride while handling undamaged tablets. The coating is not effective if the tablets are damaged, broken, or crushed. Women who are pregnant or may be pregnant should avoid contact with damaged, broken, or crushed tablets. If contact occurs, tell your doctor at once.
- Apeplus may interfere with certain lab tests, including prostate-specific antigen tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Apeplus.
- Apeplus is for use by men only and should not be used by women or children.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.
No common side effects have been reported with Apeplus.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); breast enlargement, lumps, pain, or tenderness; nipple discharge; testicular pain.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider.