As you know Propecia allows you to keep your hairline as well as your masculinity. You can ask me, what is the exact percent of the men prescribe Propecia getting adverse side effects (lowering of the libido, erectile dysfunction etc..) and what percent of this group find their side effects irreversible? How long do most of the men you prescribe Propecia decide to stay on it? Is it really true that DHT, performs no important function in fully grown males? How crucial it is in mitigating estrogen’s effect in men and the role it plays in virilisation.
Propecia is specifically designed to treat male pattern baldness. This form of hair loss is hereditary and progressively worsens over time. There is presently no treatment that can eradicate male hair loss in a single swipe, which is why the continued use of Propecia is required to maintain control over dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels. DHT is the chemical derivative of testosterone that plays an important role in the development of male characteristics. Research however shows that DHT’s role in virilisation (or masculinisation if you like) is most important during puberty, and this is when levels naturally soar.
Testosterone is what is most important during adult life while “DHT plays a role in the maintenance of sexual hair as well as having a causative role in acne vulgaris, prostatic hypertrophy [enlargement of the prostate], and androgenetic alopecia.” Propecia is not suitable for men under the age of 18 for this reason but is safe and effective for adult males as it inhibits the formation of DHT without affecting testosterone levels. In line with the 5-year clinical trials that concluded the safety and efficacy of Propecia for the treatment of male hair loss, we would have to estimate that roughly 2% of our clients experience some adverse side effects.
Sometimes these clients decide to cancel their use of Propecia as part of a combination hair loss treatment program, while others decide to stay on the course. The truth is, most men realise they’ve got a greater chance of being hit by a car than being part of the minority of men who experience the side effects of Propecia. In most cases, the severities of the negative side effects diminish within a period of months. Sometimes, even the men who quit Propecia, for one reason or another decide to take it up again. As for our clients that stop using Propecia, no one has ever come back to us regarding side effects that did not disperse. Propecia is an FDA approved drug; this means that it has been approved by the American (and UK) government medical regularoty bodies following extensive clinical trials on more than 1,000 candidates.
The FDA will only approve a product if it is effective to its purpose (in the case of Propecia - prevention of hair loss), and if it is safe. In clinical trials under 2% of Propecia users experienced mild side effects which consisted of less desire for sex, difficulty in achieving an erection and a decrease in the amount of semen. Most importantly - side effects wore off quickly when the users stopped taking Propecia, or with continued use and there were no long-term side effects recorded.
By Gregory Gorowsky Coach
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