Facts About Propecia
Propecia is a medication for treatment of male pattern hair loss on the anterior mid scalp and the vertex areas of the head. This drug prevents the testosterone to be converted into DHT or dihydrotestosterone in the body.
What is Male Pattern Hair Loss?
Male pattern hair loss is a common condition wherein men experience hair thinning on the scalp. This usually results in balding of the top of the head or a receding hairline. Men suffering from male pattern baldness are unhappy with their conditions and most will do anything to gain back the hair they have lost.
Precautions and Important Information on Propecia:
Propecia is a medication for male pattern hair loss, which is very specific; therefore it should not be taken by women and children.
Propecia is a very potent drug that can cause birth defects on unborn children, that is why women are highly advised to avoid getting exposed to this drug during pregnancy. Pregnant women should not handle Propecia especially a broken or crushed tablet.
If a pregnant woman accidentally got exposed to the active ingredient of Propecia, advise her to wash the areas immediately with water and soap.
Propecia comes in coated table forms to prevent direct contact with the active ingredients but when broken or crushed it can have a direct affect to the skin.
If you have an allergic reaction to Finasteride or to a similar ingredient like Dutasteride, you should tell your doctor right.
Propecia may increase the risks of men to develop prostate cancer, you should get properly check to make sure that you dot have symptoms of this condition or any other conditions for that matter.
Propecia can also be instrumental in developing male breast cancer. So, if you notice anything unusual about your breast like; nipple discharge, breast lumps and pain in the breast, call your doctor immediately.
To make sure that you are safe to use Propecia, inform your doctor about any other medical conditions you might have like the following:
- Liver disorder or if liver enzyme test have resulted abnormal
- Prostate cancer
- Bladder muscle disease
- Stricted urethra
- Urinating disorders
How to Take Propecia:
Take Propecia according to your doctor’s order; do not adjust your own dosage. Make sure that you follow the right prescription faithfully. Take a tablet with a glass of water everyday at the same day. It could be taken even on an empty stomach.
Use Propecia on a regular basis as long as recommended by your doctor; this is to ensure that you will get the full benefits it can offer. It may take at least three months or more before you can see any positive results; but only if you take it continuously and on a regular basis.
If Propecia did not work after 12 months of regular use, then you may need further to undergo further test and more advance treatment methods.
If after twelve and you have suddenly decided to stop taking Propecia for whatsoever reason, you will be likely to loose any hair that you have gained back during the entire treatment period.
Regular blood tests should also be done to ensure that Propecia is helping tour condition rather than causing any harmful side effects.
Side Effects of Propecia:
Propecia can give you allergic reactions like:
- Swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or throat
- Breathing difficulty
Propecia can cause male breast cancer so be on the lookout for these side effects:
- Breast tenderness
- Nipple discharge
- Lumps on the breast
- Pain on the breast
- Any other significant changes in the breast
Other common and less serious side effects may include:
- Impotence or erectile dysfunction – could be due to loss of interest in having sex or difficulty in getting an erection
- Low libido
- Gynecomestica or the development of male breast enlargement
- Premature ejaculation – also known as abnormal or early orgasm
- Swollen limbs
- General weakness
- Nauseated and feeling of passing out
- Skin rashes
- Runny nose
Propecia is a very effective drug for male pattern hair loss there is no doubt about that. But these side effects are very true indeed too. A potential user or a new user should be warned that the serious side effects do not immediately go away as soon as the patient stops taking Propecia. It ahs been reported that many are still suffering silently with the side effects years after they stopped taking Propecia. Serious side effects like male impotence and other erectile dysfunction related conditions do stay for a along time.
Most times though, if the side effects have been detected early on and the patient immediately stopped taking Propecia, the condition does not develop into a long term condition.