Propecia is an on-demand medication indicated for treatment of male pattern baldness. Currently, the medication is taken by men across the globe. Its secondary medical potential can be that of treating Benign Prostatic Hyperlasia, shortly referred to as BPH. The generic name of the medication is Finasteride. Even the generic formulation of it can be consumed for treating hair loss.
Working mechanism of the medication
The main functioning of the medication is to inhibit the growth of enzyme 5 alpha-reductase that is categorized into two types namely type I and type II. Male pattern baldness usually affects the crown portion of the head and towards to the middle of our scalp. Lower levels of DHT are supposed to stimulate the hair growth. Propecia works effectively on when it is taken for three months by men who are afflicted of male pattern baldness to regrow their hair. The use of this medication to treat enlarged prostrate has been discovered off late.
Dosage and administration of the medication
The recommended dosage strength of the medication to treat this medical condition stands at 1mg per day.
- The medication should only be taken orally.
- It is extremely critical to take Propecia for a longer period of time so as to experience effective reprieve from this condition, which is otherwise identified as enlarged prostrate.
- It is generally observed that the full effects can be felt in the body only after three months of consumption.
- The dosage strength remains the same for treating hair loss too.
Side Effects experienced with the medication
Propecia indeed causes side effects that one should be aware of before taking the medication. People with underlying medical ailment should are at the risk of worsening their condition if proper precautions are not taken while using the medication. The most common side effects are:
- Cold sweats
- Skin rashes, itchy skin and rapid weight gain are the other few rarely occurring side effects of taking Propecia.
- Swelling in face, legs, arms, feet and the lower part of the leg.
- Tenderness and enlargement of the breasts are also reported by men in many cases.
What are the contraindications of taking Propecia?
The drug is contraindicated for use in certain groups of people as it can be harmful. They are:
- The medication is not indicated for use in women especially those who are pregnant. Exposure to Finasteride can result in it being absorbed through the skin and this can affect the genitalia of the developing male fetus. The medication is film coated so that it is easy to handle but if this is broken, it should never be handled by a pregnant woman. Women who are expecting to become pregnant should also not consume propecia.
- Propecia is not meant for pediatric use and children should not be administered with this hair loss medication. Broken tablets should not be handled by children as the drug can get absorbed through the skin.
- It is not indicated for use in a person who is allergic to Finasteride.
- Propecia should be taken safely only after checking for health conditions like prostate cancer, liver disease, trouble with urination, and bladder muscle disorder.