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Propecia, a generic version of Finasteride, is a clinically approved medication for the treatment of hair loss. If you are considering this medication, it is important to understand how it works best, its potential side effects, and other associated information. When combating hair loss and thinning, using Propecia 1 mg tends to be the most successful approach. Propecia is taken once a day to treat hair loss all over the scalp effectively. It contains Finasteride, which is a proven medication for the treatment of male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. Male pattern baldness is the commonly reported hair loss problem in men. Most men having this problem will begin losing their hair in their teenage.
By the age of 60, around 80% of males experience some degree of this pattern hair loss. Men with pattern hair loss tend to lose in a well-defined pattern beginning from the temples and then progresses over time to form a typical M shape. The type of hair loss involves the crown area, gradually advancing until the entire scalp. Gradually the entire scalp area, including the front, top, and crown are bald.
The effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), male testosterone on genetically susceptible hair follicles present in the top, front, and crown area of the scalp is responsible for causing male pattern hair loss. DHT cause shrinking of hair follicles; it reduces the size of hair follicles (Miniaturization) by both in diameter and length. As a result, the miniaturized follicles begin to produce small unpigmented hair rather than the normal hair. DHT also decreases the growth phase of the hair follicle cycle. These effects cause the hair to become shorter and finer gradually and ultimately disappear. Here, when the role of Propecia medication comes. Finasteride, the active ingredient in Propecia blocks 5 alpha-reductase, an enzyme that converts the male's testosterone to DHT. This results in a drop in the levels of DHT. According to research studies, Finasteride 1 mg decreases serum DHT levels by 70%.
Before being prescribed Finasteride drug, you will have a consultation with your dermatologist where the recommended dosage will be discussed. When the medication is taken correctly in an appropriate manner, the possible side effects are quite mild and do not cause you to stop taking medicine. The medication is generally well-tolerated and safe to use.
It is necessary to tell your dermatologist if you have any allergies as this product contains many inactive ingredients which could cause you an allergic reaction.
Like other medications, Propecia can have some side effects. The common ones that have been identified with the use of Finasteride include breast tenderness, erectile dysfunction, breast enlargement, testicular pain, rashes, decreased volume of ejaculation, and decreased libido. If you have any of these side effects, contact your dermatologist and ask for any advice regarding discontinuing the treatment.
According to research studies, around 90% of men taking Propecia (finasteride) experienced either growth of new hair or a halt to their hair loss. A Propecia tablet should be taken once daily before or after consuming meals. Patients are instructed to take the medication for one year or longer before its effects have appeared. The hair loss drug is extremely helpful in preventing hair loss and re-growing hairs. Finasteride takes up to one year to show its full effect. During the first six months of the treatment, being a user, you may notice some thinning of your existing hair. During this period, you require to be patient and continue using it for at least a year before you and your dermatologist can assess its benefits.