Propecia is a prescribed medical treatment for cases of baldness in men. It helps maintain hair on the scalp. The generic version of this medicine is called Finasteride.
The drug Propecia is produced by the MSD laboratory and contains the active agent finasteride. This substance can significantly help slow down the process of hair loss in men. In some cases, Propecia can even encourage regrowth of lost hair, in small amounts. Finasteride works by preventing the conversion of the male hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone which is responsible for baldness.
Baldness typically appears in men in their 30s, but can also affect younger men. In some men, the process of falling will be particularly long and can extend over 15 years. For others, baldness can be quick and make them bald in 5 years.
- Commonly used for baldness treatments
- Positive results for 9 out of 10 men
- Simple and easy to take treatment: one tablet per day
What is Propecia / Finasteride?
The main ingredient in Propecia is a substance called finasteride, and works by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which helps reduce the rate of conversion of the hormone testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, and therefore slow down hair loss.
While a number of men decide to take responsibility for their baldness, others are not so sure of themselves. Some people value their hair and don’t want to go bald.
Male pattern baldness is very common and affects more than half of men over their forties, but that doesn’t make the prospect of losing hair any less worrisome. However, solutions do exist.
Cosmetic solutions for baldness, such as implants, can be very expensive, and require a lot of maintenance. Implants require a number of medical consultations and several surgeries.
Does Propecia / Finasteride 1 mg work?
Propecia is a solution appreciated by its users and is an affordable choice for men who want to slow down or even stop their hair loss, without changing their lifestyle. Clinical trials of Propecia have shown that more than 90% of users observed convincing results, making this medical treatment the most effective solution to fight against baldness.
The treatment is available for a duration of use of 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks or 24 weeks. Patients using Propecia will see the first effects between 3 and 6 months after starting treatment. However, people who stop treatment may experience a new episode of baldness within 9 to 12 months after the end of the treatment.
How does Propecia / Finasteride work?
Finasteride is a 5-Alpha-Reductase inhibitor and reduces the activity of this enzyme. It is this enzyme that facilitates the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This conversion is a natural phenomenon for man. Baldness is caused by an increase in the level of DHT, and usually affects men in their 30s. By decreasing the presence of DHT in the body, the drug helps to minimize thinning and hair loss.
- It is not necessary to take Propecia / Finasteride tablets with a meal.
- Do not exceed the prescribed dose, which usually consists of taking one tablet per day. If you do not take the prescribed dose, seek medical advice immediately.
- It may take 3 to 6 months to see the first effects of the drug
- If you forget to take your treatment, do not take a double dose and continue your treatment as normal.
- If you have any doubts about your treatment, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.
- Men who stop taking Propecia / Finasteride may again lose the hair that they have kept from taking this medicine. This effect will occur between 9 and 12 months after stopping the Propecia / Finasteride tablets.
Uncommon (more than 1 in 1,000 people):
Loss of libido, depression, erectile dysfunction, ejaculation problems.
If you notice any of the side effects listed above, talk to your doctor.
Frequency not known:
Allergic reactions, breast tenderness and breast augmentation, pain, secretions, breast cancer, infertility, testicular pain, abnormal health test results, skin hypersensitivity, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
If you develop an allergic reaction or your side effects worsen, contact your doctor immediately.
If you develop the typical symptoms of depression or if you have suicidal thoughts, stop using Propecia / Finasteride and talk to your doctor immediately.
Precautions for use
This medicine is not suitable for women, men who are allergic to any of the ingredients in Propecia / Finasteride, or who suffer from lactose intolerance, liver problems, impaired absorption of glucose or galactose.
This information is not an exhaustive list of possible side effects. If you are not sure whether to take this treatment, talk to your doctor.
Interaction with other drugs
Do not use Propecia / Finasteride if you are currently taking finasteride or any other medicine for the treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy. Tell your doctor about any other medicine you are currently taking.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
The treatment is contraindicated for pregnant women.
Broken or crushed Propecia / Finasteride tablets should not be touched by women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. If you are pregnant and come into contact with broken or crushed Propecia / Finasteride tablets, consult your doctor immediately.
Driving and using machines
Propecia / Finasteride is not expected to interfere with your ability to drive or use machines.
This medicine contains lactose. If you have sugar intolerance, please tell your doctor.
Can I drink alcohol?
Propecia / Finasteride is not known to interact with alcohol.
Can I drive while taking my treatment?
Propecia / Finasteride should not interfere with your ability to drive or use motorized machinery. However, if the drug causes side effects that may reduce your judgment and ability to drive, do not drive and see a doctor.
Is Propecia / Finasteride only for men?
Yes, Propecia / Finasteride is not a treatment for female pattern baldness, and can have serious consequences for pregnant women who use this treatment.
How to store Propecia / Finasteride tablets?
In a safe, non-humid place, not exceeding 30 ° C and out of the reach of children. To facilitate the use of the treatment, do not transfer it to another container.
Am I allergic to this medicine?
If you are allergic or intolerant to any of the following ingredients, do not use Propecia:
Sodium docusate, finasteride, lactose, talc, hydroxypropyl cellulose E463, hypromellose E464, magnesium stearate E572, microcrystalline cellulose E460, pregelatinized corn starch, red iron oxide E172, sodium starch glycolate, yellow iron oxide E172 and dioxide titanium.
Is this the right treatment for me?
To find out if Propecia / Finasteride is right for you, take a few minutes of your time to complete our quick medical questionnaire. If he considers that the treatment can be given to you, our doctor will write the necessary medical prescription. Our pharmacy will then proceed to the preparation of the order. You will have the possibility of being delivered in 24 hours.