How does Propecia work?
inhibit the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in your body, allowing
natural re-growth. This treatment is very effective in men with a mild to moderate
amount of hair loss, not solely in the temple area and results are usually
apparent after a few months; with significant improvements being recorded for
up to five years after beginning treatment.
Propecia, manufactured by Merck,
Sharp and Dohme (MSD), was introduced to treat this problem but the UK patent
expired in October 2014 and therefore other pharmaceutical companies could then
manufacture a much cheaper generic equivalent of Propecia, called finasteride 1mg.
How effective is it?
Clinical trials conducted by MSD showed that Propecia (finasteride 1mg)
helps to reverse the balding process, with 90% of people seeing either
increased hair growth or prevention of further hair loss.
It may take 3-6 months for the full effect to develop. It is important to keep taking Propecia as, if you stop taking it, you are likely to lose the hair that you have gained within 9-12 months.
Propecia(finasteride 1mg) is most effective when
used to treat hair loss that occurs on the crown of the head or both the crown and temples; it may not yield the same
results when hair loss is limited to the temple area only.
How should I take Propecia?
Propecia (finasteride 1mg) is for use by men only and should not
be used by women or children. One tablet should be taken daily, with or without
Any benefit from taking Propecia will be reversed within a
year of discontinuing the course of medication.
What are the side effects?
Side effects are uncommon but you may experience:
- A reduction in sex drive
- Increased heart beat
- Swollen or tender breasts
Propecia must not come into contact with any woman during
pregnancy, as it can harm the foetus.
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