Propecia – the very basics

Welcome to a blogsite where we will be talking about Propecia, the most amazing treatment for male pattern baldness there is on the market today. We wish this site to become the place where the UK residents, and not necessarily only UK residents, can come and find out everything they wish to find out about this hair loss product that has been on the market for nearly 15 years now and that has helped men slow down losing hair, preventing it altogether and growing new hair in places where they never thought possible again. At this site, you are going to find information on what you can expect from this medication, exactly how it produces its effects, about the different safety aspects of taking it, as well as a few stories form men who used Propecia in the past and who have great experience with the medication. In this article in particular, you are going to learn the very basics about Propecia.

Propecia is a brand name of a medication known as finasteride. This medication was originally developed for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, which is in fact, enlarged prostate. Finasteride was developed as a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor that will prevent the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone in the prostate by preventing the binding of testosterone with 5-alpha-reductase, which ultimately leads to the conversion. One of the effects of DHT is that it causes enlargement of the prostate.

However, what is more interesting to us and for men who suffer from male pattern baldness, DHT is also present on the scalp where it causes deterioration of hair follicles and speeds up their dying. As a result of this, the hair starts to recede and male pattern baldness occurs. Finasteride was found to prevent this as well, or at least significantly slow down this process by lowering the amounts of DHT in the tissue on the scalp. While it was called Proscar when used for enlarged prostate, finasteride got the name Propecia when it got its approval for use in male pattern baldness, which was in 1997.

Propecia may be a medication that is used for treating what is in fact a cosmetic issue, but it is still a prescription drug and you need to keep this in mind at all times. As a result of this, you need to talk to a doctor before you buy it and use it and you need to make sure that you use it exactly as you were prescribed. This also means that you must not make any changes to your regimen without asking your doctor for an opinion first. You should also keep in mind that the results of using Propecia will not become noticeable before at least 3 months have passed since you first started using the medication. The best results are achieved in the first year, while later the results may not be that spectacular, but still very significant.

You will need to know about the side effects and whether the side effects you are experiencing actually should concern you as most of them are just temporary side effects which are not a cause for worry. One last thing to remember at all times is that this medication was found to be extremely harmful for the foetus and children, which is why it must never be handled or ingested by either children or pregnant women, as it will pass into the blood stream and from there through the placenta into the foetus, in which it is likely to cause severe birth defects.