Propecia is a derivative of another drug known as Proscar, which has been used widely since 1992. Propecia is a 5mg tablet that contains “Finasteride” as its active ingredient and it is used to lessen the undesirable effects of DHT on the system. DHT is related to hair loss and Finasteride would prevent or reverse the process. Currently, Propecia is proven to have the longest and most successful effects on any FDA approved hair loss treatment. There are a lot of patients who have maintained their hair successfully with the use of Propecia.
In using Propecia, it is important to use it on a regular basis or as recommended to achieve the best results and get the most benefit. To see the best result, Propecia may be recommended to be taken everyday for three months or more. Take note that Propecia only works for long term on continued use. If you have not seen any positive results after using Propecia for twelve months, then you may require further treatment alternatives. Before you stop taking Proepcia, you should first discuss this with your doctor. If you stop, there is a big possibility that you might lose any hair that you have gained from the last months you have been using the drug.
Prior to recommending Propecia, your doctor may ask your blood to be tested. This will be on a regular basis to know if the medication is helping your specific condition. You will also be tested for your PSA or prostate specific antigen, to check if you have prostate cancer. It is therefore recommended to visit your doctor on a regular basis.
Propecia Side Effects:
Like any other medications, Propecia may cause certain side effects; some of which may be too common and may not require any medical attention. Common side effects may include, allergic reactions like, difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the lips, tongue, face and throat.
Less serious side effects may require medical attention like the following;
- Impotence (loss of interest in sex or inability to have an orgasm)
- Premature or abnormal ejaculation
- Swelling in hands or feet
- Breasts tenderness
- General weakness
- Cold symptoms
You may also experience some changes in your breasts like, lumps, nipple discharge and pain. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of these, because these are signs of male breast cancer.