Propecia is used to help with pattern baldness, the name propecia is a brand name. The active ingredient is Finasteride. One of the major warnings on the label for Propecia is that pregnant woman should not handle the crushed tablets.
It seems as though women who are pregnant should stay away from these tablets at all costs because they can have negative effects on a male fetus. There can be adverse reaction from taking this that can happen in men. Trouble with impotence and ejaculation have been reported as a side effect of this medication. Breast tenderness and enlargement can take place, a study was done to see if men had an increased risk in breast cancer. There does not seem to be a link between prostate and breast cancer in men while taking Propecia. If you have issues with your liver you should not take this medication.
The main issue with women taking or being exposed to this while pregnant with a male fetus is that it can lead to the male having deformed or abnormal genitalia.
There were studies done on rabbits, mice and monkeys all of which did show some mutation in genitalia that was negative. There does not seem to be any negative effects on female fetuses, though even if you are pregnant with a female it is advisable that you do not handle the crushed tablets. The tablets when they are whole have a protective coating that makes them less of a risk to handle. Propecia works by blocking male sex hormones, as testosterone causes hair loss. Men who take this have a 65 percent absorption rate and this will help will hair loss and the rate in which hair falls out. This can also be used to help men with urinary issues due to their prostate having issues. Propecia takes several months to work because it needs to build up in your system before you notice a difference. 5- alpha reductase is the main enzyme in this medication, it changes the hormone testosterone to another hormone that helps stop hair loss and helps with issues with the prostate. As noted above, this medication will only work if the user continues to take it, once stopped it will no longer work. Though Propecia can help with prostate issues it will not prevent prostate cancer, it has not been proven to inhibit cancer either.
The main warning when it comes to Propecia is that women should not handle the crushed tablets, this warning should be listened to and followed at the side effect can be devastating. Women who are breastfeeding are advised not to take this, though it has not been shown to pass through human breast milk. Sometimes women do take Propecia, they are usually women experiencing hair loss while going through menopause, These women are likely to not become pregnant, though this is very controversial in Australia and not advised to be used by women of any age.
People in certain groups should not use this or even come in contact with it, expired medication or medication no longer being used should be thrown away. It is important that children do not come into contact with this medication. There seems to be a lot of good that this can do for certain people but at the same time the side effects for others and the effects it can have on certain populations is not great.