Propecia is a once daily oral prescription medication used to treat androgenetic alopecia, also known by its more common name: Male pattern baldness. Unlike its counterpart Proscar, Propecia contains only 1mg of the active ingredient Finasteride, which is the optimal dosage for daily prevention of hair loss in male patients 18 years or older.
How Does It Work
Propecia (Finasteride) supresses the function of the enzyme type II 5a-reductase, which converts testosterone to it's more potent form of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The hormone (DHT) is responsible for facilitating the start of puberty in males, causing development of facial hair, acne, sexual function, and ultimately responsible for male pattern baldness.
The process occurs when the hormone binds to hair follicles that are genetically susceptible to DHT. The follicle is put into a resting phase, causing it to eventually shrink and grow thinner overtime, until it finally falls out. By taking Propecia daily, it will stop the conversion of dihydrotestosterone by 60%, putting a stop to further hair loss, and lead to growth of stronger hair overtime.
It should be noted that the benefits of Propecia are not noticeable overnight. Patients taking this medication will need to have a certain level of patience, as it can take a certain amount of time to see results. It can take upwards of 3 months of daily use to stop further hair loss, and take up to 6 months to a year before seeing any visible thickening or growth.
Hair growth has been shown to take place on the vertex and crown areas of the scalp, but many patients have reported that growth was visible on the front hairline as well. Growth of new hair cannot occur where the follicle has already fallen out.
Strength and Dosage:
Propecia comes only in a 1 mg strength. Propecia should be taken once daily with or without food. Take this medication at the exact same time as when the previous dose was taken to keep things regular.
Patients can buy Propecia online as the brand name version, or the generic known as Finasteride (Generic).
While using Propecia, a patient may experience certain side effects. The more commonly known side effects are: Headache, decreased sexual desire, difficulty achieving an erection, rash on skin, breast tenderness and enlargement
Kindly note the list above is not a "full" list of side effects.
For further information, please contact your family doctor.
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