Propecia can stop hair loss.
If you are going bald you may want to consider using Propecia to halt or even reverse your hair loss. While there is no “Hair Loss Cure”, hair loss drugs like Propecia can often stop or even reverse alopecia in most people. However, just like any other drug, Propecia is accompanied by a list of potential side effects, some of which have been more recently reported as potentially long term. You can read more about this in the "Potential Side Effects of Propecia" section further down this page.
Studies have shown that almost 80% of men using Propecia stopped or even reversed their hair loss to some degree.
Propecia (Finasteride) was originally a drug called Proscar, which was used to treat and reduce mens prostate conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Its parent company, Merck & Co., soon realized that the drug had a unique side effect - it grew hair on bald men's heads. In December 22, 1997 the FDA approved Propecia as a hair loss pill. Merck & Co. then marketed the drug as a hair loss treatment under the trade name of Propecia.
How Propecia inhibits DHT and hair loss.
Click here, to see an animation how DHT causes hair loss.
Baldness is largely the result of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) interacting with those hair follicles that are genetically vulnerable to their effects.
DHT is essentially the active ingredient or catalyst for the hair loss process. DHT binds with the receptor sites of genetically vulnerable follicles and gradually degrades the follicles ability to produce healthy hair. This eventually results in baldness in the affected areas.
Propecia works by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into "DHT". By reducing the DHT present in the scalp the thinning process is slowed and some times even reversed.
Limitations of Propecia.
However, Propecia has not been proven to restore hair in the frontal areas. For reasons yet unknown these drugs, along with Rogaine, generally only work in regrowing thinning hair in crown area of the scalp. Only hair transplant surgery has been successful in restoring hair in the frontal hairline area once it has been lost.
Propecia is also less effective in growing hair in older men. These hair loss drugs work best for men who have been balding for less than five years.
Potential Side Effects of Propecia
Just like other drugs, Propecia comes with the potential for side effects. For many years, side effects were considered only temporary. However, over the last several years, many men have reported ongoing side effects from Propecia even after stopping treatment. This more permanent condition has become known as "Post Finasteride Syndrome" or (PFS).
As a result, in April of 2012, the FDA mandated labeling changes to finasteride related products. Labeling changes to Propecia include "libido disorders, ejaculation disorders, and orgasm disorders that continued after discontinuation of the drug". Labeling changes to Proscar include "decreased libido that continued after discontinuation of the drug". Labeling changes to both Propecia and Proscar include "reports of male infertility and/or poor semen quality that normalized or improved after drug discontinuation".
While most men don't experience any side effects at all, it should be known that a small percentage of men may experience persistent side effects even after stopping treatment. Most men who experience side effects however, only experience them temporarily and stopping treatment makes them go away.
For a list of potential side effects and more information on Post Finasteride Syndrome", visit http://www.pfsfoundation.org/.
Get a Prescription for Propecia.
Most of the physicians recommended on this site will prescribe Propecia to halt a patient’s hair loss and then restore the hair already lost with hair transplant surgery. These treatments in combination can work synergistically. The drugs work to halt the hair loss, while hair restoration surgery restores what was lost.