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April 17 2015

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Generic Propecia

Male pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men, accounting for more than 95% of hair loss cases. Male pattern baldness is a type of androgenetic alopecia that causes hair follicles to shrink gradually due to genetic and hormonal factors. Hair follicles that are sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) produce hair strands that grow thinner and shorter over time until they eventually stop producing hair all together. In addition to male pattern baldness, hair loss in men can also be caused by external factors like stress, poor nutrition, or medications.

Propecia is an offshoot of another medication called Proscar, which has been widely used since 1992. This 5mg tablet containing the active ingredient Finasteride was used to reduce the adverse effects of DHT on the system. As hair loss is primarily linked to the effects of DHT, it was reasoned that Finasteride would help stop or reverse the process. FDA trials on 1,500 men yielded shocking results. Nearly 83% of men who continued treatment for 2 years either saw a complete stop of hair loss, an increase in hair growth, or both. Results were confirmed by actual hair counts and nearly 80% of men were categorized by visual assessments that their appearance had improved. A version called generic propecia 1mg pills was released in 1998. To date, Propecia has the longest, most successful run of any treatment to have undergone FDA trials. We have members here on HairLossTalk who have successfully maintained their hair using Propecia (coupled with Nizoral shampoo) for nearly 10 years.

Propecia belong to a class of drugs called 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors, which are used to treat conditions stimulated by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a potent hormone the body creates from testosterone. DHT-induced conditions include androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) and prostate cancer. Also drug Cialis may help treat and significantly reduce urinary symptom severity in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients.

In people genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness, DHT binds to receptors in hair follicles at the top of the scalp. When the DHT hormone acts on these follicles, they shrink and gradually lose the ability to grow thick and healthy hair. As a result, the person’s hairline thins and recedes. Hair follicles on the back and side of the head are genetically resistant to DHT, which explains the common pattern seen in male baldness.

Propecia may be administered with or without meals. The recommended dose of Propecia is one tablet (1 mg) taken once daily. In general, daily use for three months or more is necessary before benefit is observed. Continued use is recommended to sustain benefit, which should be re-evaluated periodically. Withdrawal of treatment leads to reversal of effect within 12 months.

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