Male pattern baldness is a common condition in which men experience decreased hair volume, often resulting in baldness on top of the head. This condition is considered to be caused by a combination of heredity and a particular hormone, DHT. DHT contributes to a shorter hair growth phase and decreased hair volume (see chart). This process leads to male pattern baldness. Typically, the changes begin to occur in some men at 20 years of age and become more common with age. If hair loss has occurred a long time, this loss can be definitive.
Propecia was approved by FDA in 1997, for baldness treatment.
Like any medicine, Propecia may have unexpected or undesirable effects, called adverse effects. These effects are uncommon and do not affect most men.
Only a small number of men (between 1% and 10% of patients using this medicine) may feel less desire to have sex and / or difficulty in getting an erection. An even smaller number (between 0.1% and 1% of patients using this drug) may have a reduction in the amount of semen released during intercourse (this does not appear to interfere with normal sexual function). In clinical studies, these adverse effects disappeared in men who stopped taking Propecia and in many men who continued the treatment.
In despite of, many men take Propecia pills in order to stimulate their sexual organ.
Finasteride is their active principle.
Finasteride contains lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch, sodium starch glycolate, sodium docusate, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, hypnosis, titanium dioxide, talc, yellow iron oxide and red iron oxide.
There are some reactions using Finasteride: Allergic reactions, including rash, itching, hives, and swelling of the lips, tongue, throat and face; ejaculation problems that continued after discontinuation of treatment; sensitivity and breast enlargement; depression; decreased sexual desire that continued after discontinuation of treatment; testicular pain, difficulty having erection that continued after discontinuation of treatment; male infertility and / or low semen quality, which improves after discontinuation of treatment; in rare cases male breast cancer. Depression can be also be related to the usage of Finasteride/ Propecia.
Propecia can be found in Australia in packages with 10, 20, 30, 60, 90 or 120 pills.
The average price per pill is AUS 0.55 in the 120 pills package. This medication can be used via oral.
The medication must be prescribed by a doctor.
There are medical reports that finasteride when used with sibutramine triggered a psychotic outbreak in a 30-year-old man who was successfully treating obesity.
Propecia can not be used by women and children.
Some studies indicate that the drug does not affect male spermatogenesis. However, there are few drug studies in the teratology study when used by pregnant or breastfeeding women. It is known that the drug inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone being useful for the treatment of prostate cancer and male pattern baldness.
Finasteride is forbidden in sports, can be detected in anti doping exams.
Fun fact: US President Donald Trump claimed that he uses Propecia.