Propecia is a medication that is used by men to treat male pattern hair loss, scientifically known as androgenetic alopecia. Hair loss usually starts to occur in men when they are in their 20s and results in a receding hair line and/or balding. The loss may worsen and become permanent if left untreated over extended periods of time.
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Propecia is a popular product used by thousands of men worldwide. Although the past few years have revealed revolutionary leaps in treating male pattern hair loss, Propecia has been the longest running and most effective hair loss drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The generic name for Propecia is Finasteride and it comes in the form of a 1mg tablet. A prescription is required to purchase Propecia and this can easily be done online. To ensure that you are buying genuine products, Propecia should be purchased through recommended and reputable pharmaceuticals. There are many counterfeit products in the market, particularly online, that may contain harmful ingredients.
Propecia is metabolized in the liver and if a patient has suffered any liver diseases, bladder conditions or had an abnormal liver enzyme test, the use of Propecia may not be appropriate. If you have a history of depression or mood disorders or if you are going through hormone therapy, it is recommended that you discuss the impact of Propecia with your doctor.
As with any new medical treatment, if you are using any other drugs, including prescription, illicit, vitamin or herbal products, please tell your doctor before accepting a prescription.
What Propecia does
Propecia treats male pattern hair loss by stimulating hair growth in the scalp by lowering the levels of DHT without affecting the growth of hair on other parts of the body. DHT, also known as dihydrotestosterone, is a male hormone that is thought to cause male pattern hair loss.
If male pattern hair loss is hereditary, than the chances of you inheriting it too increases significantly. To prevent or slow down the progression of hair loss, Propecia is recommended for men with mild to moderate, but not complete, hair loss to receive the full benefits.
Merck’s patent for Propecia expired in 2013 and their patent for Proscar expired in 2006. Although it is still sold as Propecia, it is more commonly known as Finasteride nowadays. An authentic Propecia product comes in a pack of 28 tablets.
The tablet is tan in color and shaped like an octagon with a letter ‘P’ marked on one side and the words ‘PROPECIA’ on the other. It doesn’t contain gluten, sucrose, tartrazine or azo dyes.
The active ingredient is Finasteride and the inactive ingredients includes lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinised maize starch, sodium starch glycollate, docusate sodium, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, hydroxypropylcellulose, titanium dioxide, talc purified, iron oxide yellow CI77492 and iron oxide red CI77491.
What else is Propecia used for?
Propecia was originally developed to treat enlarged prostate glands by the pharmaceutical company Merck. This medical condition typically affects older men. Researchers noticed that a side effect was hair growth and by 1997, the FDA approved a pill to exclusively treat male pattern hair loss.
If recommended by a doctor, Propecia’s generic component, Finasteride, can also treat enlarged prostate glands by reducing the levels of DHT in the prostate. The drug is marketed under the brand name Proscar and is thought to improve the symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) as well possibly reduce the risks of prostate cancer.
Please discuss the use of this medication thoroughly with your doctor as some research suggests that it may hinder the development of benign tumors whilst other data reveals that it may actually increase the risk of prostate cancer. This information is particularly relevant to males over the age of 55.
Propecia can decrease prostate specific antigen (PSA) by as much as 50%. PSA liquefies semen in the prostate and low percentages are considered to be healthy in men.
However Finasteride can mask higher levels that aren’t picked up on tests searching for prostate cancer. Older men should use caution when taking this medication and inform their doctor if they are undergoing PSA tests.
Finasteride for an enlarged prostate can be used alone or in combination with other medications. It comes in the form of 5mg film coated tablets and is thought to lower the levels of DHT in the prostate by as much as 80%. Because the prostate is located close to the bladder, most of the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate are concerned with passing urine. This includes dribbling, straining to urinate, feeling that your bladder is still full and increased nighttime urination.