Like all medicines, Finasteride-Teva can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The side effects have usually been temporary with continued treatment or disappeared when treatment is stopped.
Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000): Less desire to have sex.
Difficulty having an erection.
Problems with ejaculation such as a decrease in the amount of semen released.
Frequency not known: Allergic reactions such as rash, itching, lumps under the skin (hives) and swelling of the lips and face.
Breast swelling or tenderness.
Pain in the testicles.
Persistent difficulty having an erection after discontinuation of treatment.
Infertility has been reported in men who took finasteride for a long time and had other risk factors that may affect fertility. Normalisation or improvement of seminal quality has been reported after discontinuation of finasteride. Long-term clinical studies about the effect of finasteride on fertility in men have not been conducted.
Elevated liver enzymes.
Post-marketing cases of male breast cancer have been reported with the use of finasteride.
Use of this product may increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancer.
The patient should promptly report to the doctor any changes in the breast tissue such as lumps, pain, enlargement of the breast tissue or nipple discharge as these may be signs of a serious condition, such as breast cancer.
Stop taking Finasteride-Teva and talk to the doctor immediately if the patient has any of the following symptoms: Swelling of the face, tongue or throat; Difficulty swallowing; Lumps under the skin (hives); Breathing difficulties.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if the patient notices any side effects not listed, please tell the doctor or pharmacist.