Propecia contains a medicine called finasteride, belonging to a group of medicines called Type II ‘5-alpha reductase inhibitors’. Propecia is used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (also known as androgenetic alopecia). Propecia increases hair growth on the scalp and prevents further hair loss in men. Men with mild to moderate, but not complete hair loss, can benefit from using Propecia.

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Propecia’s active ingredient (finasteride) inhibits the action of an enzyme that converts the male hormone testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the hormone responsible for male hair loss. Propecia helps to halt and, in some cases, reverse hair loss by reducing the amount of DHT affecting follicles in the scalp. Propecia stimulates hair growth only on the head and has no effect on hair growth elsewhere on the body, similarly to Finasteride Tablets.

Propecia side effects are uncommon and usually mild. Propecia can occasionally cause a rash, decreased sex drive, low mood, erection problems, or tenderness on or around the nipples. Only in rare cases can sexual side effects be permanent and persist after the medication has been discontinued. See the patient information leaflet for a complete list of side effects and how to use it correctly. If you are experiencing any side effects, please your doctor or pharmacist.

 It may take 3 to 6 months for the full effects of Propecia to develop. It is important to keep taking Propecia for as long as your doctor tells you. If you stop taking Propecia, you are likely to lose the hair you have gained within 9 to 12 months. For better results you can also incorporate Regaine Foam  into your routine, however always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other medications or products along side Propecia.

Do not take Propecia if you are a woman, as this medication is intended for use by men. Clinical trials have demonstrated that Propecia is ineffective for treating hair loss in women. Additionally, refrain from taking Propecia if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to finasteride or any other ingredients listed in Section 6 of the patient information leaflet. If you are currently using Finasteride or dutasteride for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), avoid taking Propecia. If any of these conditions apply to you, do not take Propecia without consulting your doctor or pharmacist for guidance.

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has instructed you. If you are unsure, consult your doctor or pharmacist for guidance. The recommended dose is one tablet each day, which can be taken with or without food. If you accidentally take too many tablets, contact your doctor immediately. Taking more Propecia than prescribed will not improve its effectiveness or speed up results. If you forget to take a dose, do not take a double dose to make up for it.

Finasteride is a desired alternative as it contains the same active ingredient as Propecia. Some men prefer Propecia however, as it is a well-known brand.

Regaine Foam   (minoxidil) is a lotion that is applied to the scalp twice daily. It is less effective than Finasteride, but it is not prescribed. Regaine is the only other hair loss medication recommended by the British Association of Dermatologists, in addition to Propecia/Finasteride.

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