What is Propecia?
Propecia is a medication that is used to treat male pattern baldness at the crown and in the middle of the scalp. It should be used by adult men only.
Finasteride, the main ingredient in Propecia, works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. Propecia reduces the amount of a natural body hormone (DHT). The hair follicles are then not affected by this hormone, and can enlarge back to normal. A significant decrease in the DHT levels lead to increased hair re-growth and slower hair loss. However, hair growth on other parts of the body is not affected by finasteride.
With Propecia there is a good chance that hair will re-grow, or at least stop any further hair loss.
It takes about 4 months before any Propecia effect is noticed and may take about 1-2 years for full hair growth.
If Propecia treatment is stopped, all the regained hair is lost within twelve months. Therefore, treatment must be continued to sustain hair growth.
Side-effects with Propecia are otherwise rare but about 2 in 100 treated men report loss of sex drive (libido).
Propecia is not known to work in women with male pattern baldness.
Propecia is expensive and can only be bought with a private prescription from a pharmacy.
Why Propecia for hair loss treatment?
Propecia helps in lowering the levels of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp and the blood by blocking the enzyme that metabolises DHT. It is believed that male pattern hair loss is more often than not rooted in heredity and DHT levels. DHT is known to be a major contributor to shortening of the growth phase and thinning of the hair resulting from increased levels of DHT in the scalp.
In order for a successful turn around, Propecia must be taken daily for three months or more before any benefits are visible. Because hair grows very slowly, about half an inch a month, most men only begin to see the benefit of Propecia after 3-6 months of continuous use. Generally, all the hair that is lost will not grow back, yet the results are quite promising. In case the treatment has not worked for you in 12 months, continuing the treatment is unlikely to be of any further benefit. But if you stop taking Propecia, you are likely to lose the hair you have gained within 12 months of stopping the hair loss treatment.
How effective is Propecia over other hair loss products?
Propecia works to inhibit the formation of DHT in the system. Reducing the overall DHT levels on a constant basis diminishes the adverse effects of the DHT on the hair follicles, resulting in cessation of hair loss.
Propecia is the newest clinically proven treatment on the market for men experiencing severe hair loss. In addition, Propecia also has the longest, most successful run of any treatment that has undergone FDA trials successfully wherein majority of people still maintain healthy hair counts.
The statistics further reveal the efficacy of Propecia.
1% Visible Loss
33% Visible Loss
Propecia is not designated for use in pediatric patients. Safety and effectiveness of Propecia has not been established in pediatric patients.
Women must not handle crushed or broken Propecia tablets when they are pregnant or may potentially be pregnant because of the possibility of absorption of finasteride and a potential risk to the male foetus. However, Propecia tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling, provided the tablets are not broken or crushed.
Caution should be used in the administration of Propecia in patients with liver function abnormalities, as finasteride is metabolized extensively in the liver.
As it is not known whether finasteride is excreted in human milk, lactating mothers should also not handle finasteride tablets.
Clinical efficacy studies with Propecia have not been conducted in men aged 65 and over. Based on the pharmacokinetics of finasteride 5 mg, no dosage adjustment is necessary in the elderly for Propecia. However drug efficacy in the elderly has not been established.
Further precautions include:
Prior to Propecia use, inform your doctor about allergies to ingredients in the drug or about any other allergies that you might have.
Prior to Propecia use, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you have any liver disease, prostate cancer, infections, or urinary problems.
Where to buy Propecia?
Propecia is a prescription medicine and supply can be arranged from any genuine online pharmacy on the prescription of a registered doctor. Regulations for dispensing medicines allow a maximum of three months to be prescribed at one time. When the initial supply of Propecia has been taken, a repeat consultation is available at a reduced price.
When participating in an online consultation procedure, a doctor reviews your information and if found appropriate for your condition a prescription for Propecia is issued. This prescription is processed and dispatched directly to you. Parcels containing your medication are delivered at your doorstep in a discreet packaging.