Alternative names : Proscar, Propecia, Fincar, Finpecia, Finax, Finast, Finara, Finalo, Prosteride, Gefina, Finasterid-IVAX, Finasterid-Alternova, Finada, Finasteride, Fina-1
Packaging : 14 tabs (5 mg/tab)
Dosage: max. 5mg/day
Propecia is a capsule taken by mouth that is a new and efective treatment for male pattern baldness. A net increase in scalp hair count and hair regrowth was seen in over 80% of men for whom it was prescribed.
Propecia tablets are provided in a dosage of 1 milligram.
HOW DOES Propecia WORK?
Propecia is the brand name for Finasteride, which acts to inhibit the conversion of the androgen (male hormone) testosterone into 5-alpha-dihydrotesterone (DHT). In men each hair follicle contains tiny amounts of DHT. As male pattern baldness begins the amount of DHT contained in each follicle increases. Propecia through its inhibitory action serves to reverse this process by decreasing the amount of DHT in the hair follicle and in blood.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS Propecia?
Numerous studies have been done looking at the efficacy of Propecia. Assessments were done by looking at photographic enlargements of sections of the scalp. Investigators have found that Propecia increases hair growth in over 80% of men. Overall improvements were seen as quickly as 3 months after starting the medicine. Propecia not only led to a decrease in hair loss but also significantly increased the rate of hair regrowth. These effects were maintained for over 2 years with continued Propecia therapy. It was concluded from these studies that as long as Propecia therapy is continued it will remain effective in facilitating hair regrowth.
Side effects :
Side effects are rare but can include: - impotence - decreased sex drive
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