Propecia is a prescription-only medicine that is used to prevent male pattern baldness. The medication works by reducing the level of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp.
DHT is naturally produced in the body and cases hair follicles to shrink and eventually stop functioning – causing male pattern baldness. Propecia works to block DHT and therefore preventing this from happening.
Propecia works to an extent, although it does not work for everybody. In some cases the medication works to stop the loss of the hair and does not cause any regrowth of hair already lost.
However, some people who take the medication do experience some regrowth of hair. A five year study showed 48% of those treated experience some regrowth and 42% had no further loss of hair.
Continuous use of Propecia for 3-6 months is required before any benefit is seen. If you do not continue to use the treatment the effects are reversed after 6-12 months, so it is recommended to continue the treatment daily.
Propecia is a medication to stop male pattern baldness, so it cannot guarantee the regrowth of hair that has already been lost. However some people who have tried the medication have found that some hair has grown back.
Propecia does have some possible side effects, however if you take the recommended dose the side effects are usually mild.
Possible side effects induce; breast tenderness and enragement, rashes, itching and swelling of the lips and face, testicular pain and erectile dysfunction.
The use of Propecia is subject to an evolving debate in the medical community as it is reported that 1% of men can have side effects for a longer period. This is called Post Finasteride Syndrome. We are continuing our research in this area and advise patients to consult with their own GP prior to beginning any use of long term medications.
Propecia is not a suitable treatment for everyone, and you should not take it if; you are under 18, you are female, you do not have male pattern baldness, your partner is pregnant or trying to get pregnant, or you have a prostate condition.
If you have any more questions regarding Propecia or other hair loss treatments we advise that you contact us for help tailored to you.