Propecia (or Finasteride) is an oral medication developed by Merck pharmaceuticals. It obstructs the transformation of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that causes male pattern baldness. Finasteride is the FDA recognized drug for hair loss treatment in men. It is the generic drug and this drug is also available in other name called Proscar for treating the prostate enlargement.
Finasteride gives a sudden decrease in serum DHT level. Decreasing DHT appears to decrease the shrinking the follicles of the affected hair and supports to regain the shrunk hair follicles to grow again. The circulation level of estradiol and testosterone were raised by 15% when compared the previous year and these are within the average range.
It is an oral medication that is suggested to take once in a day with or without food. People who face hair loss problem can take this drug for continuous one year or till the effects or hair loss are stopped. It is must to assess the hair loss problem closely and notice the duration of re-growing hair. It requires a minimum a year or more to get the full effects of Finasteride for re-growing hair and preventing hair loss.
It affects the sexual health of men largely. When taking the drug continuously for a year causes sexual dysfunction and the side effects on five years are erectile dysfunctions, reduced libido and reduction in the volume of ejaculate.
The other side effects are swelling in your hands or feet, dizziness, swelling of your breast, loss of interest in sex, impotence, and trouble having an orgasm. The study reveals that this drug may reduce the fertility of some men which is because of a decrease in the sperm count. Few people have noticed an increase in their breast size and swelling of the breast.
It can also cause allergic effects including rashes, hives, itching, swelling of the face and lips, cognitive changes, mood changes etc. To prevent this, you can inform your doctor about the allergic reactions to particular drugs. The allergies and other problems are caused by the inactive ingredients of this product. You must also share your doctor about the other diseases like liver disease, infections, urinary problems, prostate cancer.
It must not be used by the children and women. Women must prevent contact with this drug and if contacted for breaking or crushing the drug must wash the area with water. Pregnant women must avoid handling or contacting this drug by anyways since the Finasteride can cause potential risk to the fetus. Also, the people taking this drug should not donate blood since there are chances of blood used by the pregnant women.
The starting prescription of this drug is for twelve months and after that, you must visit the physician. During the every visit, you will be thoroughly checked, and the details on Finasteride and other therapies are informed to you. If you get any severe reactions on Finasteride, you must stop taking the drug and visit your doctor right away to prevent any worst things from happening.