Propecia

(finasteride)

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Helps your hair grow back.

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Propecia (finasteride) helps men with hair growth, but needs to be used for at least 3 months or more to see full benefits.

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Quick facts about Propecia
  • Drug class: Men's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (finasteride)

Upsides

  • Significant increases in hair count were seen at 6 and 12 months in men taking Propecia (finasteride). At 12 months there was a 107-hair difference from those men not taking Propecia (finasteride).
  • Available in a generic form.
  • Is useful as a supplemental treatment to hair transplant surgery.
  • Most side effects go away after your body gets used to Propecia (finasteride).
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Downsides

  • Only good for the crown of the head. If you have a receding hairline, Propecia (finasteride) may not work.
  • If you stop taking it, you will lose the hair you grew while on it.
  • Can take 3 months or longer to see full benefits.
  • Sexual side effects can continue after you stop taking Propecia (finasteride).
  • You need to have your blood tested regularly for signs of prostate cancer while taking Propecia (finasteride).
  • Should never be used by women or children.
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How it works

Propecia (finasteride) decreases the amount of a certain compound, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), in the scalp that prevents hair growth. Without DHT, your hair can grow more normally.

Quick facts about Propecia
  • Drug class: Men's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (finasteride)

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Propecia (finasteride) for Male pattern baldness

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  • Possible side effects
  • Orthostatic hypotension
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness
  • Decreased libido
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Side effect rates for Propecia (finasteride)

From 1879 clinical trials of Propecia when taken for male pattern baldness (1 mg qd)
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Propecia.

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Risks and Warnings for Propecia (finasteride)

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  • Pregnant women or females of childbearing age should never handle crushed or broken tablets of Propecia (finasteride) because it can cause serious birth defects in the unborn baby.

Common concerns from people taking Propecia (finasteride)

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Food
  • Take with or without food.