Propecia Generic (Finasteride)

Propecia, which is the available composition of the generic Finasteride, is a prescription drug used to treat hair loss in men. Male pattern baldness (MPB) which affects a majority of men due to aging, lifestyle and heredity can be corrected with this drug. Propecia from online pharmacies can stop further hair loss and stimulate growth of new hair in balding areas. Propecia is available at dosage strengths of 1 mg and 5 mg. The drug can also be prescribed for treating other men’s health problems

How Propecia Works

The active components of Propecia prevent the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High levels of DHT weaken the hair follicles and trigger hair loss. Taking a single Propecia pill every day will reduce the levels of DHT by 60-70%. This enables new hair follicles to take root and grow. The drug is indicated for long-term treatment and it takes at least three to six months of the Propecia regimen to display positive results. When commencing treatment with Propecia, there may hair loss seen in the initial stage as the weak hair follicles first get eliminated. New hair follicles start to grow in their place.

How To Take Propecia

Propecia should be taken exactly as prescribed by the physician, with or without food. Once you commence treatment with Propecia, stick to a schedule such that you do not miss a dose and take the pill at the same time every day. If you miss dose, do not double your doses or take pills with close together in order to avoid higher risk of side effects. It is important that you take Propecia according to the schedule as that the most efficient way to suppress DHT. Missing doses will not be effective in treating the hair loss problem.

Drug Safety

Propecia should not be used to treat hair loss in women. The active ingredients of Propecia can absorbed through the skin, so women and children should not handle the drug. Men who take Propecia should undertake regular health checks to detect any adverse symptoms that may not be easily visible, like prostate cancer. If you wish to stop the treatment, consult with your doctor for a gradual dose reduction. Inform your healthcare provider if you are taking any other drugs, vitamins or herbal supplements as they can interact adversely with Propecia.

Side Effects

Propecia is used for long-term treatment of hair loss and its mechanism of action can cause many side effects with prolonged use. These adverse effects are seen only in a small percentage of people taking Propecia. Side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Itching
  • Dizziness while getting up or sitting down
  • Vertigo
  • Swelling in the arms and feet
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Difficulty in ejaculating
  • Impotency

Monitor your health condition closely and disclose any changes to your doctor. Side effects that are not mentioned here may also be experienced. Some adverse effects may occur even after discontinuing the medication. Seek emergency medical assistance in case of any allergic reactions.