Propecia is a prescription hair loss treatment. It can aid the retention of hair on the scalp, and can also help to slow down a receding hair line.
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Typical dosage for this medicine is one tablet containing 1mg per day, but this may be subject to instructions from your doctor.
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Male pattern baldness most typically begins to affect men in their thirties, but it can affect men of a younger age too. Whereas some men may take over 15 years to lose most of their hair after the process has begun, a smaller number of men may find that they lose their hair very quickly, going almost completely bald within the space of five years.
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The cause of hair loss in male pattern baldness is the conversion of a hormone in the body. When testosterone changes to dihydrotestosterone, this results in the loss or thinning of hair on the scalp, and/or at the front of the head (hairline). This transition is caused by an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase.
The main ingredient in Propecia is a substance called finasteride, and this works by inhibiting the activity of the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, therefore reducing the rate of conversion of the testosterone hormone into dihydrotestosterone, and reducing hair loss.
While many men choose to embrace hair loss and adopt baldness as part of their look, others might not be as confident to do so. Some men prefer to hold onto their hair because they feel that being bald doesn't suit them, or simply because they like having hair and don't want to be without it.
Male pattern baldness is very common, affecting up to a half of all men by the time they reach 40. But that doesn't make it any less daunting a prospect for some men. Those who aren't ready to lose their hair can do something about it.
Cosmetic solutions to hair loss, such as transplants, can be very expensive and time-consuming to maintain. Transplants may mean numerous consultations, and several trips to a surgeon.
Prescription medication Propecia is a popular and affordable choice for men who want to slow down or even stop the rate of hair loss without making big changes to their lives. In clinical trials, the treatment has shown beneficial results in over 90 per cent of users, making it the most effective prescription hair loss treatment on the market.
You can buy the drug as a 4-week, 8-week, 12-week or 24-week pack. Those who take Propecia will usually start to see the effects within three to six months. However, those who stop taking it may lose the hair they have kept or regrown since taking it, within nine to twelve months.
Finasteride is a 5-Alpha-Reductase inhibitor. This means that it reduces the activity of an enzyme, 5-A-R. It is this enzyme which facilitates the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This conversion is a natural phenomenon in men. Hair loss is caused by raised levels of DHT, and typically affects most men by the time they are into their 30s. By lowering the presence of DHT, the medication works to reduce the thinning and shedding of hair.Buy now
How to use Propecia
- It is not necessary to take Propecia with food.
- Do not exceed the stated dose. This is most typically one tablet per day. If you take more than you should, seek immediate medical advice.
- If you miss a dose, under no circumstances should you double up on the next dose. Simply skip the dose you have missed and take the next one as normal.
- If you are unsure about any aspect of your medicine, consult your doctor.
Propecia side effects
Uncommon (more than 1 in 1,000):
Decreased sexual desire (libido), depression, erectile dysfunction (impotence), ejaculatory problems.
Inform your doctor if you notice any of the side effects listed above.
Other side effects (the frequency of these is unknown):
Allergic reactions, breast tenderness, pain, enlargement and discharge, breast cancer, infertility, testicular pain, abnormalities in test results, hypersensitive skin reactions.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, or if you have any side effects which become serious.
Conditions to look out for
This medication is not suitable for women, or for men who are allergic to any of the containing ingredients, or suffer from lactose intolerance, liver problems or glucose and galactose absorption deficiencies.
The information provided here is not comprehensive. If you are unsure about taking this medicine, speak to your doctor.
What other medications can't I take with Propecia?
You should not use Propecia if you are currently using finasteride or a similar medication for the treatment of BPH. Inform your doctor of any other medications you are currently using during consultation.
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Can I still drink alcohol?
Propecia has not been known to interact with alcohol. But you should always be sensible when it comes to consuming alcohol. If you are unsure, check with your doctor.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes. Propecia should not interfere with your ability to drive operate machinery. If you feel the medicine has caused you to experience side effects which may reduce your judgment and ability to drive, then you should refrain from doing so and contact your GP.
Is Propecia only for men?
Yes. Propecia is not effective at treating female pattern baldness, and may cause harm those women who come into contact with it while pregnant.
How should I store it?
In a dry, safe place, below 30 degrees Celsius and out of the reach of children. For ease of use, do not decant the treatment into a separate container. Keep it in it's original marked container.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Propecia contains the following ingredients, and if you are allergic or intolerant to any of these, then you should not use it:
Docusate sodium, finasteride, lactose, talc, hydroxypropylcellulose E463, hypromellose E464, magnesium stearate E572, microcrystalline cellulose E460, pregelatinised maize starch, red iron oxide E172, sodium starch glycollate, yellow iron oxide E172 and titanium dioxide.
Is it right for me?
You can determine whether Propecia is safe for you to use by taking a few moments to fill out our health questionnaire. A physician will review your answers, and draw up a prescription for you if they are satisfied that it poses no risk to your health. This will then be processed by our partner pharmacy who will issue your medication and send it within one working day.
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