Drug name: Propecia
Generic name: Finasteride
Propecia is a tablet-based medicine that is used to treat Male Pattern Baldness (androgenic alopecia) by lowering DHT levels in the body, resulting in hair growth. Finasteride is the generic version of the drug. Women and children should avoid using this medicine. This isn’t recommended for prostate cancer prevention since it raises the chance of acquiring the disease.
Does Propecia work?
The success rate of using this medication is 80%. With a success record of 66%, the generic brand Finasteride is also a good option.
How long for Propecia to work?
Propecia results take three to six months to fully take action. Propecia shedding is normal once that time period has passed; it usually lasts two weeks and indicates that the medicine is functioning.
Propecia is a once-daily oral medicine. Women who are, could be, or intend to be pregnant should avoid touching or handling the tablet if the film coating is damaged or crushed. The effects generally take three months to show. When you stop using Finasteride, the growth caused by the drug might take up to a year to disappear.
If you have a history of: Consult your prescribing doctor before using this medication.
- Liver disease
- Prostate cancer
- Urinary problems
Children and women should not use Propecia. This is especially true for women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or wish to get pregnant, or who are nursing babies. If the film covering is damaged or crushed, the medicine may be absorbed via the skin. Women and children should wash the area affected with soap as quickly as possible if they come into contact with a tablet that has the film covering destroyed.
This drug has a negative impact on sexual and reproductive function. Before using any medicine, talk to your doctor about the risks.
Propecia does not have any clinically significant interactions at this time. If you have any other drugs, talk to your prescribing doctor about potential interactions.
Certain laboratory tests may be affected by taking this drug. Prostate cancer can be detected via blood testing for prostatic-specific antigens (PSA) which may be affected by this medication.
Propecia Side Effects:
- Decreased sexual ability/ desire
- Decrease amount semen released
- Difficulty orgasming
- Lump in breast
- Nipple discharge
- Breast enlargement/ tenderness/ pain
- Pain in testicles Inability to urinate
- Allergic reaction
- Male breast cancer