There are many questions thrown at physicians and health authorities on the uses of Propecia which is the general name used for Finasteride, a drug recommended for treating enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness. These are common ailments that affect men and require long term treatments to be cured or controlled.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia – Finasteride or Propecia is an FDA-approved synthetic drug manufactured by Merck to treat men’s enlarged prostate, which is medically termed as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH for short. It will take at least six months of treatment to find out if the drug is acting positively against the ailment. The dosage of this drug to treat BPH as approved by the FDA is 5 milligrams taken once a day. If you have a difficult time urinating, low urine volume, or frequent urination in a single night, you might be suffering from BPH and should consult your doctor for a cure. If you are placed in a Propecia therapy to cure the ailment, it is advisable to continue the treatment beyond six months since its therapeutic value diminishes after 6-8 months if discontinued.
Hair Loss Treatment – Propecia is also indicated for male pattern baldness or MPB, which is a genetically induced baldness in men that is difficult to treat. If one or both your parents carry the genes for this type of baldness, it is very likely that you will suffer from MPB. The new generation of men suffering from this genetic ailment is fortunate that a drug has been developed to slow down or cure this kind of baldness. Propecia has been tried and tested against hair loss and men who were treated with 1 milligram of the product per day were observed to re-grow hair after six months.
In many studies on its effect against baldness, Propecia has been proven to stop hair from further balding and to cause significant hair re-growth. Male Pattern Baldness is also known as Androgenic alopecia, which is the scientific term used to describe the condition that is the most common cause of balding in men and women. Women are also affected by the condition but it is more prevalent among men.
Sides Effects when Using Propecia – Although the product is effective against male pattern baldness, it causes serious side effects that users should know about. Most of the side effects are sexual in nature. There have been cases of impotence, early ejaculation, decrease semen volume and erectile dysfunction observed in men using the product. The percentage of users that experience these side effects is very low but the fact that they have been observed is enough reason for users to be cautious. There is a possibility that the observed sexual dysfunction can become irreversible especially when the product is used for a long time. It is advisable for users to immediately inform the doctor as soon as they notice any of the side effects leading to erectile dysfunction and impotence. The good news is that there are many Propecia users are not experiencing any of these side effects.