Male pattern hair loss is a common problem for men. Male hormones and genetic predisposition cause this problem.
This type of hair loss starts with a receding hairline that makes the hair finer and results in dead follicles stopping the hair from growing. The search for a good treatment may not be necessary if the person is comfortable with their appearance.
For others who prefer otherwise, a medicine has been developed to remedy it called Propecia. This medication minimizes dihydrotestosterone or DHT, the main cause of male pattern hair loss.
This medicine is in pill form and is an FDA-approved prescription drug specially made for the treatment of male hair loss. Women are not advised to use this treatment especially those who are pregnant or might be pregnant.
The treatment will slow hair loss of the mid-scalp area and the top of the head. Recommended dosage for Propecia is one tablet a day and can be taken at any time of the day.
One should take the medicine for 3 months or more to receive the best results. Regular medical check-up is recommended. Discontinuation of taking this drug for 12 months will result in return of hair loss.
People who are allergic to Finasteride should not take this drug. It contains 1 mg of finasteride and a few nonactive ingredients like sweet milk, processed wood pulp, dried corn, salt, lubricant, a coating ingredient and a few more nonactive ingredients which some use in a few dietary medications.
The tablet is of a pale brown color, octagonal in shape and film coated with a letter “P” embossed on one side and the full name on the other side.
There is a possibility that taking Propecia affects a blood test called PSA a screening for the male prostate. The health provider should be informed that this drug has been ingested because it can alter the test results.
Any positive results due to the presence of this drug may result to some reconsideration for the health provider doing the examination.
The health care provider should also be informed of irregular use of the drug for possible changes from the test results.
There is a risk of cancer of the prostate gland of men taking Finasteride who ingests it 5 times the recommended dosage.
It is best to consult your doctor for the correct dosage or follow the dosage provided in the Prescribing Information document that comes with the package.
About 2% of men taking Finasteride have experienced side effects such as decrease in libido, possible erectile dysfunction or decrease in semen count.
Once these side effects occur the patient should cease taking the drug and the side effects will just go away. Other side effects may include breast tenderness or enlargement, allergic rash or hives and face swelling.
Rarely, a man can also receive breast cancer when taking Finasteride, so it is best to inform a doctor or any health provider of any side effects experienced after taking it.
Clinical study shows that men who experience mild to moderate hair loss notice visible results in a span 5 years.
Forty five percent of these users say their hair started growing back and forty eight percent did not lose any more hair. Results will vary but generally, not all of the hair lost will grow back.