Propecia (Finasteride) is a medication specifically developed for male pattern baldness treatment. It comes in tablet form with 1 mg strength and is prescribed to adult men for impeding hair loss and restoring hair growth on top and front of the head. It is administered in a dose of one pill once a day for a protracted period of time. Improvement can be seen in 3-6 months, but the effect subsides once the drug is stopped.
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What is Propecia?
Propecia is a medication for hair loss treatment in men. It contains Finasteride as main ingredient, which is known to convert testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. Since the production of DHT is the main cause of hair loss in men with male pattern baldness, using the drug to decrease DHT levels is effective in stopping the loss of hair and promoting hair regrow. Thus the medication is helping to reverse the balding process. It comes in film-coated tablets for oral use with 1 mg strength equivalent to 1 mg of Finasteride.
When is Propecia indicated?
Propecia is indicated to for the treatment of male pattern hair loss on the front and top of the head. It won’t work for receding hairline around the temples and doesn’t affect hair on other parts of the body. The positive study conducted by the FDA found that 83% of men using the drug for 2 years experienced a complete stop of hair loss and increase in hair grow. However, it is not an absolute cure for hair loss as the problem typically returns within a year of the drug discontinuation. The drug is indicated for use in men only and is not approved for use in women and children.
How to take Propecia?
The universal dose of Propecia for all men is one tablet once daily. It can be taken without regard to meals but preferably at one and the same time of the day to maintain an even level of the medication in the blood. The drug won’t work better or faster if taken in higher doses. Beneficial results can be observed within 3 or more months after the beginning of therapy. In order to sustain the benefit chronic administration is necessary.
What are Propecia side effects?
Propecia side effects are rare. However if they do occur they usually include symptoms of erectile dysfunction, decreased libido and decreased ejaculate amount. These effects are reversible and usually disappear not long after the discontinuation of drug. In rare cases the drug may provoke testicular pain, breast enlargement or tenderness and allergic reactions in the form of skin rash, hives, itching, facial swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing.
When is Propecia contraindicated?
Propecia is contraindicated for use in children, women and patients with known hypersensitivity to Finasteride. Always tell your prescribing physician if you have liver disease, urinary system disorder or prostate cancer. No drug interactions are known.