Propecia is used for hormone related hair loss of men (androgenetic alopecia). This is the most common form of hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia is hereditary. This results in an increased sensitivity of hair the follicles (hair roots) to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), by which they are damaged.
This is where the drug finasteride comes in, which is responsible for the medical effect of Propecia. It prevents the DHT being formed from its precursor, testosterone, and thus protects the hair follicles from the effects of DHT. Thus, the progression of hair loss is inhibited and hair re-growth is being promoted. Visible results of the effect of the drug can be expected after about a year of usage.
The effectiveness of the drug on the so-called receding hairline on the temples is however not confirmed.
Contraindication for the use of Propecia for hair loss in women:
Due to its specific mode of action Propecia is only effective in the case of androgenetic alopecia. Hair loss of women, especially during pregnancy and lactation cannot be treated with Propecia. Also, the drug is not suitable for children and adolescents under 18 years of age. Needless to say, that this product is never to be used by women who are breastfeeding or pregnant.
Side effects for baldness treatment with Propecia
Among the best known side effects of Propecia are allergic reactions, potency problems and a decrease in libido (sex drive). Since the reactions to certain drugs differ from person to person, these stated side effects can occur in some cases, however being very rarely reported all in all. No significant interactions with other drugs are known.
There are no reports known about any significant interactions with other drugs.
The ingredients of Propecia can be harmful to the development of an unborn child. Women who are pregnant may therefore not touch Propecia tablets which are damaged or broken. As long as the tablet’s suger coating is intact, the active ingredients are sealed within and should be safe to handle. Please contact your physician if you are pregnant and fear you may have come into contact with crushed or otherwise damaged Propecia pills.