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What is Male Pattern Hair Loss?
Male pattern hair loss or baldness is the common type of hair loss that develops in most men at some stage. It usually takes 15-25 years to go bald. However, some men go bald in less than 5 years. Typically, at first the hair begins to recede (thin) at the front. At the same time, the hair usually becomes thin on the top of the head. A bald patch gradually develops in the middle of the scalp. The receding front, and the bald patch on the top gradually enlarge and join together. A rim of hair is often left around the back and sides of the scalp. In some men, this rim of hair also thins and goes to leave a completely bald scalp.
Clinical evidence has found that a hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone) plays a key role in the development of male pattern baldness. While this hormone is essential for proper genital development in male babies, high DHT levels in adult men contribute to the shortening of the hair growth phase, ultimately thinning the hair until hair is no longer grown from the follicle. The drug Propecia (finasteride) works by inhibiting DHT levels in the scalp and interrupting the natural progression of male pattern baldness.
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Propecia (finasteride) is used to reduce male pattern hair loss. It works by blocking the action of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body which affects hair loss in men. It should never be taken by women.
If treatment is stopped, the beneficial effects of Propecia (finasteride) start to wear off after six months. By 9 to 12 months all of the beneficial effects will have worn off and the hair loss will be the same as it was before treatment started.
All medication can cause side effects. Details of all side effects, including rare side effects to be aware of, are listed in the patient information leaflet (PIL). When completing your medical questionnaire it is very important that you answer the questions truthfully. This is to ensure your doctor has a full picture of your medical history before prescribing. List all medicines you are already taking, including non-prescription and herbal medicines.
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Only for men over 18 and up to 70 years old with hair loss due to male pattern baldness. Hair loss due to any other cause may not be suitable for treatment with this medicine. Your hair must be thinning at the sides/temples and either at the front or top of your head.
Topical solutions, lotions and shampoos are also available, but clinical research has shown that the most effective way of preventing hair loss is through the use of oral hair loss medicine.
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How quickly does Propecia (finasteride) work?
One of the most common questions patients ask is how effective is Propecia (finasteride). As with any medication, different people will respond in a different way. However, based on clinical evidence here are some basic guidelines of what you can expect.
If you stop taking your hair loss medicine, you will gradually lose the hair you have gained within 12 months of stopping treatment.
How effective is Propecia (finasteride)?
A 5-year clinical study indicated that two thirds of men who took Propecia regrew hair, as measured by hair count. All of the men in the study who were not taking Propecia lost hair. It normally takes three to six months of using Propecia before any effect is seen, and the balding process will normally resume if treatment is stopped.
What is the difference between Propecia and finasteride?
Propecia is the brand name for hair loss treatment medicine containing the active ingredient finasteride. A brand name is assigned to a generic medicine by a pharmaceutical company for marketing purposes, usually to make it more memorable.
Finasteride is the generic medicine name (official medicine name). It is medically identical to Propecia.
Can women with hair loss use Propecia (finasteride)?
No, Propecia (finasteride) is limited to use in men only.
Women can also suffer hair loss, especially those with many relatives who are also prone to losing their hair. The female pattern sets in at a later age than in men and is usually limited to the top of the head. Total baldness is rarely seen in women. The only treatment licensed for hair loss in women is Regaine for women.
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