To give an overview, Propecia is a hair loss treatment drug. It works by preventing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone in the body. Propecia is highly effective. It’s main targeted areas are the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area. This is where it is most effective at treating hair loss.
Propecia is great at treating male pattern baldness: a condition where man slowly lose their hair. The active ingredient in Propecia is a drug called Finasteride. To get a little more technical, Finasteride is an inhibitor of steroid type II 5a-reductase and a synthetic 4-azasteroid compound. Some other neat facts about Finasteride: 1. Finasteride is naturally a white crystalline powder 2. Finasteride has a melting point of 250 degrees Celsius 3. Finasteride can be dissolved in chloroform and other alcohol solutions, but will not dissolve in water! Fascinating, right?
There are some side effects to this drug, and these drug side effects I will delve more into. Some of the less serious side effects are swelling in hands and feet. Some other less serious side effects are loss of interest in sexual activities or trouble achieving orgasm. Some other less serious side effects include strange ejaculation. Some other less serious side effects are tenderness in the breast region. Another side effect can be dizziness. If you experience any of these side effects it would be prudent to visit your doctor right away as these side effects can mean Propecia is not right for you. Propecia should be taken to men only as taking it as a woman may increase your likelihood of experiencing worsened side effects.
Here are some quick facts about Propecia. Propecia tablets, usually about 1 milligram in size, are light brown, octagon tablets with an P engraved into the pill with the Propecia engraved onto the back. With this knowledge, you will always know if you have the real deal or not! If you are prescribed propecia you should keep your prescription in a temperate controlled room. Propecia is best kept at 15 to 30 degrees Celsius! Whatever you do, keep the container closed when you are not taking your pills and away from moisture. Whatever is the case, do not let women who are pregnant or who you may think are pregnant handle crushed or broken Propecia because of the possibility of the absorption of Finasteride through the skin!
Here is something that may put your mind to rest after reading about all the side effects, though: overdose is extremely hard with Propecia. Scientists have conducted studies on volunteers and single doses of 400 mgs of Propecia caused no adverse side effects. Multiple doses of Propecia at 80 mgs for three months didn’t have adverse side effects. Lethality was observed in mice at single doses of 1500 mgs of Propecia, but such doses would be near impossible for a human to accidentally take or even purposefully take. All in all, risk of overdose with Propecia is very low.
Also, if you are trying to prevent hair loss and or trying to regrow hair, Propecia has very high success rates. According to studies, 80 percent of men taking Propecia managed to maintain their hair follicle and 64 percent experienced some regrowth. Propecia is one of the most effective hair loss treatments on the market.
General Practitioner. I worked in hospitals in Melbourne and Sydney.