Propecia (finasteride) is a medicine intended for the treatment of two different conditions - male pattern baldness and benign prostatic hyperplasia. If you have been prescribed this drug to re-grow your hair and maintain the progress achieved, you will have to take it for as long as you want your hair to grow without losing too much of it. Once you stop taking Propecia, all the hair you have managed to re-grow so far will be lost within a one year period. Propecia works for the absolute majority of men taking it. However, in some cases it may not work because of certain health aspects you have. You will need to keep on taking Propecia for a year to make sure no progress can be made, as in some cases men start benefitting from the treatment only after 6 months of taking this remedy regularly. If Propecia did not work for you after one year - it is safe to assume it's not going to work for you in the future. Take Propecia as directed with a full glass of water, with some food or without. Follow all the directions of you health care provider even if they are different from the ones on the label. Do not exceed the dose prescribed, as this is not going to make your treatment any more effective and can cause some unpleasant side effects. Women that are pregnant or may get pregnant in the nearest future are not suppose to handle crushed tablets of Propecia, as this medicine can get absorbed through the skin and then affect the health of an unborn baby. Because of this danger women that may get pregnant or area already pregnant are not supposed to touch the crushed tablets of Propecia. If a woman happened to come into contact with such a tablet, it's important to wash the area affected with some soap and consult a health care professional to get advice and further instructions. Some mild side effects while taking Propecia are possible and quite normal. Such side effects as pain in the testicles, abnormal ejaculation, runny nose, weakness, skin rash, impotence or decrease sex drive, tenderness in your breasts, dizziness, and headache may indicate your body is adjusting to the dose prescribed and should be given some time. If your side effects get difficult to handle and start to interfere with your everyday life - it's best to report them to your health care provider to see if you need a dose adjustment or some other changes need to be made to your treatment schedule. Some more serious side effects are also possible but quite rare, and can include breast pain, breast lumps, breast changes, and nipple discharge. The serious side effects mentioned are possible signs of male breast cancer and they need to be reported to the doctor that prescribed this medicine as soon as you notice them. If you happened to miss a dose of Propecia and it is almost time for the next one - do not take a double dose to make up for the one you missed. You can just skip the dose you forgot to take and go back to the regular dosing schedule. Keep Propecia is a dark cool place where it will not be accessed by other people.