Propecia (Finasteride)



The effect of the drug

Propecia neutralizes the action of an enzyme which is responsible for the conversion of testosterone to its active form. Finasteride leads to a decrease in the rate of dihydrotestosterone in the blood and preserves significant parts of hair.

Drug substance slows hair loss in case of 85% of patients taking the pills. The use of the drug for at least one year leads to the formation of new hair in case of half of the patients with alopecia. When receiving medical therapy for 2 years, this figure increases to 55% of men suffering from alopecia.

A noticeable increase in the thickness of hair requires taking the drug for at least 3 months. The first hair, which appears in place of the dropped one, is observed in six months after the start of pill use. The most active recovery of hair is observed in the parietal area and in the adjacent to it areas.

You may check the susceptibility of the organism to the active components of drugs in the process of annual use. If the tool has not brought any visible results within 12 months, then its use will not lead to an increase in the quantity and quality of hair.

Usage instruction

You should take one capsule of the drug per day. Treatment includes a prolonged period. On average, doctors prescribe the use of medication for 1-2 years.

1 mg of finasteride a day is enough to help the majority of men with alopecia. However, 3-5% of patients do not experience a noticeable improvement, so the dosage can be raised to 5 mg per day. In this case, the medical preparation is carried out at a dosage of one tablet 5 times a day.

Before treatment a patient is required to undergo an examination by an endocrinologist. A medical professional will prescribe additional laboratory studies to clarify the hormonal status and correction method of getting rid of baldness.

It permitted the use of pills of Propecia after the procedure of transplantation of hair follicles. In such a situation medication is aimed at restoring testosterone levels after transplantation of the follicle.

Drug contraindications

The drug for eliminating the signs of androgenetic alopecia should not be used by:

  • women and minors men
  • persons with hypersensitivity to the individual elements of medications
  • patients with prostatitis, developed due to urinary infection
  • men with diseases of the endocrine system
  • persons with severe liver failure
  • men with uropathy

Side effects

Propecia can cause a number of painful manifestations in the male body, including:

  • decrease in sexual desire
  • decrease in the volume of seminal fluid during ejaculation
  • allergic reactions on the skin

Side symptoms develop infrequently and are not dangerous to the health of patients. They are temporary and disappear completely after cessation of the treatment course.

If the drug is taken by a pregnant woman who is contradicted to this drug similar product, a fetus may have congenital anomalies.


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