Generic finasteride comes in two strengths: finasteride 1 mg and finasteride 5 mg. The 1-mg dose is used to treat male pattern baldness. The 5-mg dose is used for treating an enlarged prostate.
Finasteride (marked under the brand names Propecia® and Proscar®) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed for the following uses:
- Male pattern baldness treatment
- Enlarged prostate treatment (an enlarged prostate is also known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia, benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH).
Proscar and Propecia were originally developed by Merck & Co., Inc. They have since come off patent, making them available as generics.
Generic Proscar is available in one strength -- finasteride 5 mg. Generic Propecia is also available in one strength -- finasteride 1 mg. Generic Proscar and generic Propecia are not interchangeable. The 5 mg strength is used for the treatment of BPH, while the 1 mg strength is used for the treatment of male pattern baldness.
(Click Propecia and Proscar for more information on the differences between Proscar and Propecia.)
Generic finasteride is currently manufactured by the following companies:
- Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
- Ivax Pharmaceuticals
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
- Gedeon Richter, USA
- Mylan Laboratories.