Reviews For Finasteride (Propecia and Proscar) Drug

Propecia is the brand name of the drug Finasteride, also sold as Proscar. The 1mg dose of Finasteride is the first pill approved by the FDA to treat Androgenetic Alopecia or hair loss on the top of the head and mid-scalp areas only for men.

Originally marketed as Proscar for 5mg of Finasteride to treat benign enlarged prostate gland. However, Merck & Co. later discovered a remarkable side effect, some patients started to grow hair. Finasteride, the active compound is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, meaning it blocks the conversion of testosterone to the more potent Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a powerful hormone related to Androgenetic Alopecia, it is responsible for the shrinking and degeneration of hair follicles, which leads to male pattern baldness. Propecia works by lowering the overall amount of DHT, it can effectively lower DHT levels in the scalp by as much as 60% when taken daily. Once levels of this hormone are lowered, hair follicles will stop or slow degeneration.

It's worth noting that infant males born without the ability to convert testosterone to DHT are also born with ambiguous genitalia. For this reason, pregnant women are told to avoid exposure to the drug.


Reviews For Finasteride (Propecia and Proscar) Drug

To date, Propecia has the longest, most successful run of any treatment to have undergone FDA trials. FDA trials on 1,500 men yielded shocking results. Nearly 83% of men who continued treatment for 2 years either saw a complete stop of hair loss, an increase in hair growth, or both. Results were confirmed by actual hair counts and nearly 80% of men were categorized by visual assessments that their appearance had improved.

Propecia typically needs to be taken for three months to show results. If after twelve months you haven't seen any results, it is unlikely you will see any benefit from continued use. It is important to note that if you stop taking Propecia, you will most likely lose all the new hair growth and hair that otherwise would have been lost within 12 months.

Side Effects

1. Decreased Libido ; Erectile Dysfunction ; Ejaculation Disorder

The most frequently reported adverse reactions to Propecia affect men's sexual health especially for younger men. Clinical tests show that 1.3% reported erectile dysfunction of men younger than 41 years and slightly more often in older men. The FDA analysis of adverse event data revealed a wide range of sexual side effects in otherwise healthy Propecia users ages 21 to 46. These problems persisted for an average of 40 months after the men ceased treatment. However, in some cases, sexual function never returns to normal.

Contrarily, a recent study by Overstreet et al showed that Finasteride 1mg daily for 48 weeks does not affect spermatogenesis or semen production in men aged 19 to 41 years.

2. Shedding :

Shedding is a sign that Propecia is working. When your follicles respond to Propecia, they shut down their current growth cycle and begin to create a new, healthier hair. The period is known as the shedding phase. It can begin during the first few months and last a month or so.

3. Propecia Takes Time :

Do not expect results in 3 months. If you are a good responder, your hair loss will stop at about month 4. Many guys will take up to 12 months to stop losing hair.

4. You should not take Finasteride if you have any liver problems.

5. Cause Birth Defects :

Finasteride can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it during pregnancy. And, it can be absorbed through the skin. If a woman or children accidentally comes into contact with this medication from a broken or crushed tablet, wash the area with soap and water right away.

Costs

£40 ($60) / 1 Month
Finasteride is only available on prescription, but it is not available on the NHS, you will be asked to pay the full price.

Website :

http://www.propecia.com