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Propecia is a prescription medication, taken once a day, for the treatment of male pattern hair loss over the top of head (vertex) and anterior mid-scalp area. Leading scientists believe that increased levels of DHT (Dihydrostestosterone) in the balding area of the scalp contribute to the thinning of the hair. Propecia works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into DHT and in this way appears to interrupt a key factor in the development of inherited male pattern hair loss in men.

Studies have shown that Propecia can prevent further hair loss in 83% of men with male pattern hair loss. The same study also demonstrated that 66% of men had improved hair growth.

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What is Male Pattern Hair Loss?

Male pattern hair loss is a common condition in which men experience thinning of the hair on the scalp. Often, this results in a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head. These changes typically begin gradually in men in their 20s. Doctors believe male pattern hair loss is due to heredity and is dependent on hormonal effects especially DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) which is an important developmental hormone in a man’s life.

What causes Male Pattern Hair Loss?

Scientists have not been able to define the causes of hair loss; however, researchers have found that men with male pattern hair loss have increased levels of DHT in the balding area of their scalps. Hair in humans normally follows a cycle of growth, falling out, and new growth. Increased levels of DHT are believed to contribute to the shortening of the growth phase, and a shortening of the time it takes for the hair to fall out. This results in the thinning of hair.

How does Propecia work?

The active ingredient in Propecia (Finasteride) blocks the formation of DHT and in this way appears to interrupt a key factor in the development of inherited male pattern hair loss. Propecia has been proven to effectively lower the DHT levels in the scalp.

Most important, Propecia helps grow hair, not just “peach fuzz” and it's as convenient to take as a vitamin: one pill a day.

When can I start to see results?

Propecia begins lowering the levels of DHT since day 1.

After 3 months of use, most men notice a slowing of their hair loss.

At 6 months most patients begin to see an increase in the amount of hair as they continue to use Propecia daily.

After 24 months studies determined that, 83% of men maintained their hair (based on hair count). Further 66% of men experienced re-growth of hair.

Consistent daily use is essential for success. If you stop treatment, any hair you have gained will generally be lost within 12 months.

Who should not use Propecia?

Propecia is for the treatment of male pattern hair loss in MEN ONLY.  Further, women who are or may potentially be pregnant must not use Propecia and should not handle crushed or broken tablets of Propecia because the active ingredient may cause abnormalities of a male baby's sex organs.   Propecia tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling.

The use of Propecia is contraindicated for anyone who is allergic to any of the ingredients in Propecia.

What should I be aware of?

You should have a complete medical exam before taking Propecia.

Propecia can affect a blood test called PSA (Prostate – Specific Antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA test done, you should tell your doctor that you are taking Propecia.

It is advisable that you consult with your primary care physician before taking any new medication.

People who suffer from liver function abnormalities should be cautious when using Propecia given that Finasteride is metabolized extensively in the liver.

What are the possible side effects?

Like all medications, Propecia can cause some side effects. In clinical studies, side effects from Propecia were uncommon and did not affect most men. A very small number of men experienced certain sexual side effects, such as less desire for sex; difficulty in achieving an erection; and a decrease in the amount of semen. Each of these side effects occurred in less than 2% of men. These went away in all men who discontinued their use of the medication.

Talk to your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you.

What is the recommended dose?

The recommended dosage is 1 mg once a day. Propecia won't work any faster or better if you take more than one tablet a day.

Propecia may be administered with or without meals.

In general, daily use for three months or more is necessary before benefit is observed

Where do I keep it?

Store at controlled temperature 59° to 86° F (15° to 30° C). Keep container closed and protect from moisture

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