Propecia is a medicine used to treat male pattern baldness. With an easy once-daily dose, it works by preventing the hormone DHT being created within the body, allowing the hair follicles to grow to their normal size. It has shown to regrow hair in men or, in the worst-case scenario, prevent further hair loss.
- Used for male pattern baldness
- Simple one a day dose
- Branded version of cheaper generic Finasteride
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Propecia, a brand name of Finasteride, is an alpha-reductase inhibitor, which works to reduce the production of testosterone. Testosterone acts to shrink hair follicles; however, Propecia blocks this action, reducing hair loss.
DoesPropecia work on older men too?
Propecia works in men of any age and is indicated for use in men over the age of 18. It has, however, shown to be most effective in younger men.
Is Propecia a permanent hair loss treatment?
For people that have taken Propecia 1mg daily, it has shown to be effective and work for 15 years or more and typically works for the full duration of the course of treatment. There is a possibility that Propecia may lose some of its effectiveness over time.
Does Propecia cause infertility?
For the majority of men taking Propecia, they do not experience any problems when trying to conceive.
Can I stop taking Propecia?
If you stop taking Propecia, it will not lead to further hair loss. However, you will not receive the benefits you had while you were taking the medication. This may result in you experiencing an initial shedding of hair.
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking Propecia.
Common side effects may include:
- Growth of breast tissue
- Sexual dysfunction
- Skin reactions
- Swelling in hands and feet
- Loss of interest in sexual activity
Some men experience depression when taking Propecia for hair loss. If this is the case, you should stop taking Propecia immediately and inform a member of the team or your GP should you develop any signs and symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts.
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.
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