A Guide to Propecia
What is Propecia used for?
Propecia (finasteride) is a drug that is prescribed by a doctor for the treatment of male pattern hair loss in men, such as hair loss on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area. Propecia is for use by men only and should not be used by women or children.
Does Propecia work?
Yes - in clinical trials, 90% of men either improved or retained their existing amount of hair. Visit the Propecia web site for more details.
How does it work?
It is thought by scientists that male pattern baldness is related to the action of a chemical called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), as men with male pattern baldness have increased levels of DHT in their scalp. DHT is thought to cause the hair follicles to shrink. Propecia is a DHT inhibitor, so it stops the shrinking of additional hair follicles, or prevents further shrinking in the hair follicles that have already been affected.
How long will it take to see the results of taking Propecia?
Are there any side effects?
Yes, there are side effects, but they are rare and do not affect the majority of men. Accepted side effects include: