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Propecia is the brand name for its generic equivalent Finasteride. Propecia is a proven, effective medication that can help slow (or even stop) hair loss for men with male pattern baldness.
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Propecia (also known as Finasteride) is a tablet that’s taken daily to prevent hair loss in men who experience male pattern baldness. Propecia will work by slowing down the amount of hair loss you are experiencing, however, it may not reverse hair loss that has already occurred.
Therefore, if you are noticing that your hair is starting to thin or your hairline starting to recede, Propecia might just be the answer.
There’s an enzyme in the body called 5-alpha reductase. Propecia converts the hormone testosterone into another hormone, dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT can make hair follicles shrink, and trigger hair loss, if your body is sensitive to it.
Propecia stops the enzyme from converting testosterone into DHT, reducing the amount of the enzyme in the blood and the scalp. This helps to bolster hair growth, and prevent any more hair loss.
Propecia results have proven that it can greatly slow down the effects of male pattern baldness and even help with hair regrowth. Propecia has only shown improvement in mild to moderate cases of male pattern hair loss. Studies have shown positive results in over half of men, which range from good to excellent. Up to 80% of men who take Propecia will notice less hair loss and 65% of men who take Propecia will notice hair regrowth.
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Propecia is a tablet that should be taken by mouth once daily, preferably at the same time. It should be swallowed whole with water and can be taken with or without food.
If you forget to take a pill, don’t take two to make up for a missed tablet. Take the next scheduled tablet and carry on as you normally would.
Propecia results after three months should be noticeable, but it may be six months or more before its full effects can be seen.
Why does it take Propecia so long to work? It takes the follicles this long to produce new hair, so some patience is needed. If you haven’t noticed any improvements after 12 months, you should speak to us about alternative treatment options.
Taking more Propecia than has been prescribed will not lead to better, quicker results. If you think you may have taken too much Propecia you should seek immediate medical attention.
For more information, contact our clinician, or see the package leaflet that comes with your treatment for further guidance.
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