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FINIOL 5MG FILM COATED TABLETS
Active substance(s): FINASTERIDE
Finiol 5 mg film – coated tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
What Finiol is and what it is used for
Before you take Finiol
How to take Finiol
Possible side effects
How to store Finiol
FiniolWHAT FINIOL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Finiol belongs to a group of medicines called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. It works by
shrinking the enlarged prostate gland in men.
Your doctor has prescribed Finiol for you because you have a condition known as benign
prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Your prostate gland, which is near your bladder, has become
bigger and is making it more difficult for you to pass urine.
Finiol helps to shrink the enlarged prostate and relieves your symptoms. Finiol will help
reduce the risk of you developing a sudden inability to pass urine (known as acute urinary
retention) and the need for surgery.
FiniolBEFORE YOU TAKE FINIOL
Finiol is for use in men only.
Do not take Finiol
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to finasteride or any of the other ingredients of
if you are a woman or a child (the condition for which Finiol is prescribed occurs only
in men. The tablets must not be taken by women or by children).
Take special care with Finiol
FiniolFiniol can affect a blood test called PSA. If you have a PSA test done, tell your doctor
that you are taking Finiol.
BPH is not cancer and does not lead to cancer, but the two conditions can be present at the
same time. Before starting you on Finiol, it is likely that your doctor will perform some
simple tests to check whether you have prostate cancer. Your doctor will evaluate your
symptoms and their possible causes. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
Before starting treatment with Finiol, the treating physician should exclude that the difficulty
of you to pass urine is due to trilobular growth pattern of the prostate.
Mood alterations and depression
Mood alterations such as depressed mood, depression and, less frequently, suicidal thoughts
have been reported in patients treated with Finiol. If you experience any of these symptoms
contact your doctor for further medical advice as soon as possible.
The medicine contains sunset yellow. It may cause allergic reactions.
Taking other medicinesFiniol
Finiol does not usually interfere with other medicines.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Taking Finiol with food and drink
You can take Finiol with or without food.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If the active ingredient in Finiol is absorbed by a woman who is pregnant with a male baby, it
may affect the normal development of the baby’s sex organs. Therefore, women who are or
may potentially be pregnant, should not be exposed to Finiol. They should not take Finiol. In
addition, they should not handle broken or crushed tablets or be exposed to the drug through
sexual contact with a man taking Finiol. Therefore, if your sexual partner is or may
potentially be pregnant, you must avoid exposing her to your semen which could contain a
tiny amount of the drug - for example, by using a condom during sexual activity. If a woman
who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient in Finiol, a doctor should be
consulted. Whole Finiol tablets are coated to prevent contact with the active ingredient during
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Driving and using machines
There are no data to suggest that Finiol affects the ability to drive or use machines.
FiniolHOW TO TAKE FINIOL
Always take Finiol exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure. The usual dose is one tablet containing 5 mg finasteride to be
taken by mouth once a day with or without food.
Your doctor may prescribe Finiol along with another medicine called doxazosin to help you
control your BPH.
If you take more Finiol than you should
If you take too many tablets by mistake, contact your doctor immediately.
If you forget to take Finiol
If you miss a dose, just carry on with the next one as usual.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Finiol
In order to treat your symptoms and control your BPH effectively, it is important that you
continue to take Finiol for as long as your doctor prescribes, even if you do not feel an
immediate benefit. Some patients show early improvement in symptoms, but you may need to
take Finiol for at least six months to see if it improves your symptoms. Finiol works best
when taken long term.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Finiol can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Side effects due to Finiol may include:
Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100):
changes with ejaculation (such as a decrease in the amount of semen released during sex
which does not appear to interfere with normal sexual function), impotence (an inability to
have an erection), less desire to have sex
Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000):
problems with ejaculation, breast swelling and/or tenderness, rash
Unknown (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
testicular pain, allergic reactions such as itching (pruritus), hives (urticaria) and swelling of
the lips and face, palpitation (a quicker and/or irregular heartbeat), increased hepatic enzymes
In some men, such side effects disappeared while the patient continued to take Finiol. If
symptoms persist, they usually resolved on discontinuing Finiol.
You should promptly report to your doctor any changes in your 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.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
It will help if you make a note of what you experienced, when it started and how long it
FiniolHOW TO STORE FINIOL
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
Do not use Finiol after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to
the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist
how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the
What Finiol contains
The active substance is finasteride.
The other ingredients are: microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized maize starch,
sodium starch glycollate, iron oxide yellow (E172), sodium docusate, magnesium
Coating: hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), talc, propylene glycol, indigo carmine
(E132), quinoline yellow FCF (E104), sunset yellow FCF (E110).
What Finiol looks like and contents of the pack
Finiol is available as blue, round, biconvex, film – coated tablets scored on one side.
Finiol is available in blister packs of 15, 28, 30 or 98 or 100 film – coated tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder
6 Dervenakion str.
6 Dervenakion str.
189, Parnithos Ave.,
Pharmathen International S.A.
Industrial Park Sapes,
Rodopi Prefecture, Block No 5,
This leaflet was last revised on 01/08/2017.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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