Propecia also known as Finasteride is the only FDA-approved drug that is used to treat male pattern hair loss or baldness which forms on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area. Propecia is commonly known as “Stop hair loss” drug. Propecia should be used only by men and not by children or women as the active ingredient (Finasteride) is capable of penetrating the skin and is very harmful.
Key ingredients in Propecia
Each Propecia tablet contains finasteride of 1 mg and lactose monohydrate, pregelatinized starch, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, talc, docusate sodium, red ferric oxide and yellow ferric oxide. The active ingredient in finasteride brings in a rapid decline in DHT concentration to fight male baldness. Within 24 hours of consumption, the DHT levels drop down by 65%. It takes around three months’ time to visualize the change. One Propecia tablet should be taken once daily. And, when refrained from Propecia, the reversal of effect takes place within the next few months.
How the active ingredient in Propecia aids in hair regrowth?
Finasteride inhibits 5 – alpha – reductase, the enzyme which works by endures the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. Hence the hair follicles which have shrunk in size will have to get back to its original size after which a new hair can regrow from it. 1 mg dose of Propecia helps in lowering DHT level in the scalp by 60% approximately. This reduction in DHT has been proven to stop the progression of hair loss and increases hair growth. This is a very gradual process and will take anywhere around three months or more to witness the change. After one whole year, the true benefit of the Propecia drug can be visualized.
How hair loss takes place?
Male hormones are the reason for hair loss. The hair follicles convert testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. The affected hair follicle will be sensitive to dihydrotestosterone and this will eventually cause the follicles to shrink in size. As the follicles become small in size, the thickness of the hair gradually decreases and finally, thin hair sheds off once this hair follicle becomes smaller. Then it becomes impossible for any new hair to grow from it.
For best results from Propecia
The treatment has to be continued as stopping Propecia pills will bring in baldness again within a course of time. Propecia and sexual problems have been a topic of discussion for the past few years. Get guidance from your doctor before starting a course of treatment with it. Propecia is not recommended when a couple is trying to conceive as a small amount of this drug will be present in the semen and it will cause harm to the unborn baby.