Drug uses and description

Propecia is a drug that is available on prescription only. It is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP). In 1997, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave approval for Propecia to be used to treat male pattern baldness (MPB).

The primary ingredient in the drug is a compound called Finasteride which is sold under various brand names.

Finasteride is an imitation hormone which hinders the production of an enzyme that converts the male hormone, testosterone, into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). By doing this, it can reduce male hair loss and even prevent it.

Men with mild to moderate hair loss were studied over a five-year period. Results revealed that 2 of every 3 men being treated with 1 mg of finasteride per day experienced renewed hair growth. The study also revealed that men not taking finasteride experienced continued hair loss.

These findings were put before a panel of prominent dermatologists who confirmed that 48% of men taking finasteride experienced visible re-growth. 42% of these had no further hair loss.

When Propecia is used to treat BPH (also known as ‘enlarged prostate’), benefits are usually experienced after 5mg of the drug is administered every day for 6 months. When dosage is stopped, the benefits will reverse.

Propecia is helpful in alleviating the uncomfortable symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia, e.g. decreased flow of urine, difficulty in urinating, disrupted sleep because of a constant desire to urinate, and difficulty in starting to urinate.

Recommended dosage

A medical doctor usually recommends a dosage of 1mg once a day to be taken orally. Propecia does not have to be taken with food. When treating male baldness, it can take three months or more until any benefits are visibly noticed.

These benefits can only be sustained by continued treatment. The patient should be regularly evaluated by a doctor. All benefits will reverse within 12 months after treatment is discontinued.

Potential side effects

The majority of side effects are linked to sexual dysfunction. Typical ones are

  • erectile dysfunction (impotence)
  • unusual sexual function
  • decreased semen
  • abnormal ejaculation
  • testicular pain
  • ejaculation disorder
  • and gynecomastia.

Precautions

Women should never use Propecia. The FDA classifies this drug in the X category of pregnancy which means it may result in birth defects in an unborn fetus. A woman who is pregnant, or intending to become pregnant, should not even handle a tablet because Propecia is absorbed into the system via the skin. In case of such an accident, a doctor should be contacted immediately. A male unborn male fetus is more at risk because finasteride can affect the development of sexual organs.

Regular blood donors must refrain from giving blood while using Propecia. After treatment, do not donate blood for 4 weeks after the last dose.

Before starting treatment, it is vital to read the precautions and warning that are supplied in the package insert.

For instance, a man who is allergic to any compound in Propecia or who has liver disease or liver failure must ensure that his doctor is informed. Also inform the doctor if any other medications are being taken, as well as vitamin and herbal supplements.

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