All You Wanted to Ask about Propecia
Does Propecia regrow hair?
Yes, it does. Propecia is a drug used by men as a hair loss treatment. More specifically, it stops hair loss and promotes the growth of new hair. The drug was approved by the FDA in 1997.
How long does Propecia take to work?
Taking Propecia does not lead to immediate results. It takes time for the drug to work. Most users experience the first positive results of taking Propecia within 6 months. For notable improvements to show, one may wait as long as a year. In other words, consumption of this drug will not stop you from losing your hair in one night.
Do you need a prescription for Propecia?
Today, Propecia can be bought over the counter from many online pharmacies. However, a prescription is strongly recommended since Propecia is a powerful drug that aside from benefits may also have some adverse side effects. Therefore, you are advised to consult your doctor first who should make sure that taking Propecia will be safe in your particular case.
How does Finasteride work?
This medication works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). That means you will have less DHT in your bloodstream than you would have if you did not take this drug. Having a lower level of DHT reduces the rate of miniaturization in your hair follicles. This reduction can stop hair loss and encourage its regrowth.
Is there a link between Finasteride and prostate cancer?
There is no evidence that Finasteride increases your chances of getting prostate cancer. In fact, it is important to note that Finasteride is also available as a drug for the treatment of certain prostate complications such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Is there a link between Finasteride and depression?
Theoretically, the users may suffer from mild, moderate, or major depression. However, such cases are rare. Depression may occur as a withdrawal symptom in people who stop taking the drug abruptly.
What are the side effects of Finasteride?
Reduced sexual function in men is the most common side effect of this drug. In other words, it may lead to decreased sex drive and, in some rare cases, erectile dysfunction. However, this side effect occurs only in a small portion of males who take this drug.
There are also extremely rare but potentially dangerous side effects such as breast pain, nipple discharge, gynecomastia, pain in the testicles, difficulty to urinate.
Does Propecia increase testosterone levels?
Yes, Propecia tends to increase the level of testosterone in the body. The body naturally converts testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Propecia interferes with this conversion process and therefore, the body retains more testosterone as it is. However, according to studies, this increase is not large and doesn't usually exceed 15%, which tends to decline with time. So a person taking Propecia for a year or so may have just normal levels of testosterone.
Can Finasteride be used for hair loss in women?
Currently, there is no evidence whether Finasteride would be either beneficial or harmful to women. So far, the FDA hasn’t approved the drug for the use in women.
Propecia and pregnancy
Pregnant women should stay away from Propecia. As mentioned earlier, Propecia is a powerful drug that works by reducing inhibiting the breakdown of testosterone into DHT. This mechanism can affect the unborn child resulting in unpredictable consequences. Therefore, pregnant women must not take Propecia at any time during their pregnancy.
What happens if you stop taking Propecia?
As you stop taking Propecia, the drug's effect ceases. Of course, it doesn't happen overnight - the drug takes some time to wear off from your system completely. However, sooner or later (it may take weeks or months) you'll start losing your hair just the way (no more no less) you were before the treatment.
Finasteride and your body hair
Surprisingly, Finasteride has the opposite effect on body hair. The drug is known to inhibit the growth of body hair.