Propecia is a drug prescribed to treat male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness is caused when dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone created from testosterone, attaches itself to the hair follicles on the scalp. This causes follicles to shrink, which makes it difficult thick and healthy hair to be grown. Generally, this happens on the top of the head, as follicles on the back and the side of the head are resistant to DHT.
Propecia fights against DHT. It’s main ingredient, finasteride, decreases the percentage of DHT hormones by 65 percent within 24 hours of taking the drug. When taking the drug, it usually takes a few weeks for users to start seeing results. Propecia is a drug meant to be taken only by men. Women, especially if they are pregnant, should avoid all contact with the drug.
Propecia should only be taken when given a prescription, as there are potential side effects associated with it. The most common side effects include:
· Decreased Sex Drive
· Erectile Dysfunction
· Ejaculation Disorder
However, there are other possible side effects as well:
· Swelling in the Lips and Face
· Enlarged or Tender Breasts
While there have been no studies, or official reports, linking Propecia to sexual side effects, it has been known to happen. Since DHT also affects sexual development and drive, there is likely a correlation between taking Propecia and experiencing libido problems.
It mostly younger men who experience decrease libido and erectile dysfunction, as a result from taking Propecia. Often these side effect will go away after users stop taking Propecia, although this is not always the case. There have been some reports in which libido has not returned to normal.
The risk of developing prostate cancer has also been reported to increase in men taking Propecia. However, the risk is low. Taking Propecia may also increase the risk of developing male breast cancer. Some doctors will perform tests to makes sure patients have no underlying conditions that would make it dangerous to take Propecia.
Do not take Propecia without a doctor’s recommendation, and seek a doctor’s care if any of these side of effects happen.
Dosage will often be determined by a doctor, and should never be exceeded. Follow all directions that appear on the prescription’s label. While Propecia can be taken with or without eating, it should be taken with a full glass of water, and should be taken at the same time each day.
If not taken daily, users will not see result. Sometimes it can take as long as three months for results to be appear. If a year passes, and there are still no results stop taking Propecia, as the drug is not working. If hair growth does happen, do not stop taking Propecia without talking to a doctor, because hair grown as a result of Propecia will often go away.
If a dosage is missed, do not attempt to take two doses the next day; this could result in an overdose which might turn harmful to the users.