Propecia (finasteride) is a popular prescription medicine intended for the treatment of males diagnosed with pattern baldness - a condition characterized by intensive hair loss in the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area. This is a condition that can happen earlier in some men than in others, causing psychological discomfort. Propecia is intended for long-term treatment - you will need to take it all the time to make sure it's efficient. In other words, Propecia is going to be efficient for as long as you take it. Once you stop the treatment - all the hair you managed to re-grow so far will be lost very soon. When you first start taking this medicine, you need to know that some time can pass before you will be able to see the first results of the treatment. To make sure this happens sooner you will need to take Propecia regularly even though it may be hard to remember to take every single dose. Some men who later benefitted from taking Propecia and managed to re-grow their hair noticed the first results only after 3 months of the treatment, which means you need to keep taking it regularly and observing the dose prescribed until the results become visible. If you notice any signs of male breast cancer, make sure you call your health care provider as soon as possible, as this is serious and requires immediate attention. The following symptoms may indicate male breast cancer: breast pain, breast lumps, breast changes, and nipple discharge. In most cases, however, your side effects will be less serious and bothersome and will include some of the following symptoms: abnormal ejaculation, tenderness in your breasts, skin rash, dizziness, impotence or decrease sex drive, weakness, runny nose, pain in the testicles, and headache. An overdose of Propecia is not known to produce any life-threatening symptoms, nevertheless, you need to make sure you report the fact of taking too much of this medicine to your local emergency center, as every person's reaction can be quite individual. You must never share this medicine with other people to whom it was not prescribed, even if you think they are going to benefit from the treatment. It's especially important not to let any women that are pregnant or may get pregnant to come into contact with a crushed tablet of Propecia. This drug can be easily absorbed through the skin later affecting the health of an unborn baby. Therefore, each tablet is specially coated to prevent the contact of the active ingredient with the skin.