This much is clear – everyone grows old eventually and changes as a result of that. It is simply a fact every person should come to terms with if they wish to lead a fulfilled, satisfying life. However, some things are extremely difficult to get used to, especially the cosmetic issues that occur as a byproduct of aging. One of the biggest issues of this kind is hair loss, a process the vast majority of men will experience as they grow older. Some men lose very little and keep almost all their hair, while the least fortunate ones go completely bald in their twenties – hair loss is a genetic occurrence and many believed it couldn’t be stopped. Until the medications for slowing down or stopping hair loss were made, that is.
Among the many advertised medication for the treatment of hair loss today, Propecia must be among the most effective and popular. In case you have never heard of Propecia, read on and we will explain all you need to know in a matter of minutes.
Propecia, with its generic name Finasteride, is a synthetic five-alpha-reductase inhibitor, which means that it inhibits the enzyme that is basically responsible for hair loss. This would take a lot of explaining in scientific terms for a non-scientist to understand, but it has to do with testosterone, which turns on your body as time goes by, doing the most damage to your prostate and your scalp. In this respect, Propecia is also used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, or, as you may know it, enlarged prostate. It is also very effective for the treatment of both conditions, but here we are only interested in the treatment of male pattern baldness. For prostate issues, there is a slightly different formulation of the medicine called Proscar, and it does wonders for enlarged prostate, but Propecia is a milder version developed years ago specifically for curing male baldness. With Propecia, there was a longitudinal study in which it was proved that two out of three men to whom Propecia was administered grew at least some of their hair back, while all the men who didn’t take the drug kept losing it. After some more clinical studies it was shown that Propecia works on both the crown area and the hairline, although it is more effective in the crown area.
As with other drugs that fundamentally interfere with the hormones in our body, there are some side effects related to the use of Propecia. Although there are no common side effects, some of the rare ones might include impotence, abnormal ejaculation, abnormal sexual function and erectile dysfunction. If any of these side effects occur, simply discontinue the therapy and all side effects will soon disappear.
In any case, speak to your doctor before using Propecia because the treatment can last for months and you should ensure you have the best supervision available.