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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 is a branded version of the drug finasteride
  • Works to reduce the hormone DHT which is associated with male pattern hair loss
  • Suitable for men only
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  • Finasteride is the generic form of Propecia
  • Works in the same way as Propecia
  • Suitable for men only
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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.

  • From day 1: Propecia begins working to lower DHT levels.
  • 3 months: You may notice that Propecia is starting to slow down hair loss.
  • 6 months: You may see evidence of less hair loss. That's a success. Thanks to Propecia, you may actually begin to see some regrowth of hair.
  • 9 months: If treatment is working for you, at this point you should be maintaining the hair you have. You may even grow back some of the hair you've lost.
  • 1 year: By now you'll know if the treatment is working for you. If it is not, further treatment is not likely to help.

If you stop taking your hair loss medicine, you will gradually lose the hair you have gained within 12 months of stopping treatment.

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.

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.

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.

Last reviewed & updated  16/02/2020   Authored  14/09/2009

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