Propecia is the brand name for Finasteride that the drug manufacturer Merck produces.
This article will discuss some of the known male conditions that can be cured or managed thru the use of Propecia. In addition, useful tips and information on how to take Propecia will be discussed.
What is Finasteride?
Technically speaking is a type II 5α-reductase inhibitor. This is a synthesize drug that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.
In lay man’s terms Propecia uses its enzymes to block the onset of male pattern baldness and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Of course, there are also other off label uses of the same.
Male Pattern Baldness
Based on extensive clinical testing Propecia has to be taken in continuously for a couple of months to get visible results.
That may seem like a long time to you but the good news is that it only takes a few weeks to minimize and/or totally prevent substantial and continuous hair loss.
In fact, based on a five (5) year study around 48% of men showed visible thickening of the hairline and crown area after six months of use and around 42% prevented more hair loss from occurring.
It has to be stressed that there are two problematic areas when it comes to male pattern baldness. The first is the hairline area and the second is the crown area.
Propecia is shown to be effective in both, unlike some other medication. However it seems that there is more thickening in the crown area than the hairline.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Also known as an enlarged prostate can be prevented and/or managed by Propecia. Why is this important?
Simple, because the same can cause problems such as frequency of urination, waking up at night, decreased urine flow, pain when urinating, slight hesitation when urinating, etc.
This may seem like inconveniences at first but if left untreated can be the cause for more serious illnesses.
The recommended dosage as approved by the FDA is 5 milligrams a day to be taken in for at least six (6) months.
Take note that after that period of time if your diagnosis is favorable, meaning your prostate has shrunk then you should continue using unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
This is because most clinical tests show that discontinuance will lead to reversal of the results in about six (6) to eight (8) months.
Off Label Uses
FDA has not yet approved this but results show that Propecia can be used to minimize the production of testosterone in males.
This has practical application and is in fact being used by transsexual males who want to show female characteristics. This is usually taken in consonance with estrogen injections.
This is because by limiting testosterone and increasing estrogen men tend to develop softer skin, have less pronounced musculature, a more pronounced and softer chest area, etc.
It is always a good idea to consult with a physician before purchasing or taking in any type of drugs regardless of the dosage.
The good news is that nowadays there are physicians who do online consultations and provide online prescriptions.
Regardless you need to follow the instructions on the packaging to the letter unless specifically contra-indicated by a physician.