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Finasteride is the generic form of Propecia which is used in the treatment of male pattern baldness (hair loss), a common condition amongst men. The medication works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
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What is Propecia?
Propecia contains the active ingredient Finasteride, this is the generic form of the medication. Propecia is part of a group of medications known as 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors. At certain strengths, the medication can be used to treat issues with prostate and at other strengths it is used to treat male pattern baldness.
5 alpha-reductase is an enzyme in the body which is responsible for converting testosterone to its active form, dihydrotestosterone or DHT. Much research has shown that DHT plays a key role in perpetuating male pattern baldness. By slowing or inhibiting its production we can stop the progression of male pattern baldness and stimulate hair growth. Finasteride has the capability to stop hair loss and stimulate hair growth in men with mild to moderate hair loss within around 3 months of continuous use. Results tend to be positive however not all hair lost will grow back. If you stop the medication, the hair that has grown will only stay for one year.
How Does Propecia Work?
As touched on previously, Propecia (Finasteride) blocks the enzyme, 5 alpha-reductase, from converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. This ‘active’ form of testosterone has been implicated in the reason men lose their hair due to male pattern baldness. This enzyme and this active form of testosterone is produced in most men, however not all men will have hair that is sensitive to this active form of testosterone, meaning not all men will lose their hair as they get older. The reason behind why some men are more sensitive to this active form of testosterone than others is unknown, however there are hypothesised genetic links. Interestingly, the hair at the back of the head is not sensitive to this hormone at all meaning mean whom are DHT-sensitive will usually lose their hair at the hairline, mid and saddle sections and the crown.
The 1mg dose of Finasteride can lower DHT levels at the scalp by as much as 60% when taken daily. DHT is responsible for causing the hair follicle to shrink and miniaturise. This shrinking simply causes the hair follicle to go into a dormant state, however it will be there forever and is inactive, but not ‘dead’. This shrinking is what leads to baldness The 60% reduction in DHT stopped the progression of baldness in 86% of men taking the drug in a widely documented clinical trial and 65% of those men showed significant hair growth.
Currently, research is at a stage where DHT is the only known culprit responsible for male pattern baldness and Finasteride is used as a first line treatment to prevent further progression.
How to Buy Propecia Online
You can order Propecia from Cloud Pharmacy in the 1mg dose in three quantities; 28, 56, 84 or 168. The tablets taken are taken once daily. Our doctors recommend that you start your treatment with a one month supply (28 tablets). If you have used finasteride in the past then it would be better to buy a 3-6 month supply.
To order treatment for male pattern baldness, you must complete an online consultation specific to this treatment. The answers are then reviewed by one of our doctors and if approved, your item will be sent out in plain and discreet packaging, avoiding long wait times at the GP.
Prescription medication is effective for many people, however, some side effects may also come with it’s efficacy. Side effects range from serious (rarely), mild or unnoticeable however, overall they are not very common. Finasteride shows the best results when used for longer period of times- a minimum of three months. If you do notice any of the following side effects then we advise you stop treatment and speak to a medical professional like a doctor or pharmacist.
Reduced sex drive, erection difficulty, minimal or decrease in semen ejaculated, abnormal ejaculation, dizziness/feeling faint, skin rash, persistent headache and swelling in the hands, feet or breasts.
Again, to reiterate the above side effects are relatively rare. For example, only 2% of men who use propecia will experience any type of sexual dysfunction, however once more if you do experience any of the above please stop taking the treatment and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Propecia (Finasteride) is used as a treatment for male pattern baldness, it should therefore never be purchased or used by women at all. There are separate treatments used by women for baldness but women cannot use Finasteride. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not handle the tablets at all as the active ingredient can be harmful to the baby.