Reviewed by Daniel Williams, MD
A: Propecia (finasteride) is an oral treatment option for preventing hair loss in men. Currently, it’s the only once-per-day pill approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1997 for the treatment of male pattern-baldness. Propecia targets a hormone named dihydrotesterone (DHT) in the scalp, which is the primary hormone that contributes to hair loss. This hormone causes hair follicles to shrink and eventually makes hair grow thinner until they entirely close up and start losing hair. Propecia works by blocking and disabling DHT, and over time, allows new hair to grow from the follicle and stops the spread of baldness.
Q: How well can Propecia really work for me?
A: Recent clinical trials conducted on the effectiveness of Propecia yielded some surprising results. About 70% of men who used Propecia saw satisfactory results within a 3-6 month time frame, and about two-thirds of them actually grew hair back. This means that there is a one in ten chance that Propecia will work for you, and further, there is up to a 70% chance that some of your hair will grow back.
Q: Are there any serious risks that can occur?
A: While Propecia may be right for most people, you must always consult with a doctor to be sure it is right for you. Always tell your doctor about all the drugs you are taking, even if you buy them over-the-counter, and about any allergies you might currently have. This way, any drug interactions can be avoided. Pregnant or expecting women should never come into physical contact with Propecia because a dangerous medical reaction could occur with an unborn child.
Q: How long does Propecia take to work?
A: Propecia requires a firm commitment if you really want to see the best results. These results will not be immediate, and can be expected only if you are willing to commit 6-12 months of your time. If after 12 months have passed and you do not see these results, your hair loss may not treatable with something like Propecia.
Q: What kind of side effects might I experience?
Common side effects:
- Upset stomach
- Stuffy nose
- Runny nose
- Lowered sperm count
- Mild headache
- Temporary impotency
- Tenderness in breasts
- Tenderness in testicles
Q: Where can I buy Propecia online?
A: It’s always best to be wary of web sites offering low prices on generic Propecia overseas. There is no such thing as a legal generic version of this drug, so only buy Propecia safely online from pharmacies that meet the following requirements:
- U.S. Based
- U.S. licensed doctors and pharmacists
- FDA approved
- Certified online pharmacy
- Name-brand medication
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