Propecia for hair loss
What is Propecia?
Propecia is the worlds largest selling hair loss treatment and is the only drug approved by the American FDA for the treatment of hair loss.
Propecia actually belongs to a group of medicines called 5 alpha reductase inhibitors. It is a tan octagonal tablet available in a 1mg strength, manufactured by Merck.
It works by blocking an enzyme, type II 5 alpha-reductase, which in turn reduces the level of the hormone in the scalp which is responsible for shortening the hair growth phase. This effectively treats the hormonal cause of this type of hair loss, which can prevent further hair loss and increase new hair growth in men with male pattern baldness.
Clinical trials conducted on thousands of men have shown that after 2 years of use 66% (two thirds) of men showed increased hair growth. 30% of men showed a slight improvement, 31% showed a moderate improvement and 5% showed a great increase. 83% of men in the trial showed no further hair loss.
How to use Propecia
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
Propecia can be taken with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day.
Propecia Possible Side Effects
Taking Propecia at the recommended dose, the side effects are very usually mild and generally have not caused the men to stop taking the medicine.
Men have reported decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and decreased ejaculate volume.
Any sexual side effects of Propecia (decreased libido, trouble having an erection, ejaculation problems) usually discontinue if you stop taking this medication.
The FDA added new warnings regarding the use of Propecia in 2012, stating that sexual dysfunction including erectile dysfunction (ED) may continue even after stopping treatment.