If you were looking for information on Propecia, then you have come to the right place. This blogsite is entirely dedicated to this medication and it is our wish for it to become the place where people will come if they are wishing to learn more about this prescription drug. We will cover different aspects of this medication. We will talk about what it is, about how it is to be used, what you can expect from it and you will even read some stories from men that have used Propecia in the past. This article is here to give you a short overview of this medication. It is mainly aimed at people who have never heard of the medication or that might have heard about it, but do not know much more than its name.
To be very technical, Propecia is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. Now, this probably does not mean a lot to you. Well, we will try and divide this into parts that we will separately explain. First of all, you should know what 5-alpha reductase is and what does it do. Well, it is an enzyme whose main job it is to convert testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, mainly in the prostate and on the scalp of men. The question now is why it is important to inhibit this enzyme.
Well, dihydrotestosterone, or DHT for short is a hormone that is more potent than ordinary testosterone and which acts on the androgen receptors much more forcefully. The effects of this hormone differ from one part of the body to the next and while in prostate it can increase its size, leading to enlarged prostate, in the scalp it leads to deterioration of the hair follicles and subsequent hair loss. Therefore, when 5-alpha reductase is inhibited, the levels of DHT decrease and the hair loss is reduced and even inverted. There is another medication that has the same active ingredient that Propecia does, finasteride and this medication is used for treatment of enlarged prostate. It is called Proscar.
Propecia is a prescription drug, which means that you will require a prescription to purchase it. Today, you can do this even without a prescription and if you choose to do this, we urge you to still talk to your doctor. It is necessary to do so if you wish to be certain that it will cause no side effects and that it will not harm your health in any way.
One of the most important things to keep in mind about Propecia is that it should never be handled by small children or women, especially if they are pregnant. While the tablets are coated for protection, there is always a chance that they might be damaged and that someone might come into contact with the active ingredient in them. The problem with this is that if this active ingredient is absorbed by a pregnant woman, it may lead to severe birth defects and developmental issues if handled by a small child. Therefore, it is important to always keep it out of reach.
You will also need to take Propecia for some time in order to see results. The first results can be observed after three months in general, with the results improving the more you use this drug. However, if after 12 months you see no decrease in hair loss, you should probably give it up.