In the hair loss world, Finasteride (brand name; Propecia) is synthetic drug for the treatment of Male Pattern Baldness. It works by preventing the conversion of testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. When Finasteride blocks DHT production, thinning of hair ceases and a more normal growth may possibly occur.
While Propecia may help you with your hair loss, you need to be careful while taking this drug. First and foremost, the drug should always be prescribed by a healthcare professional. Your doctor must first discover if you’re an eligible candidate for the drug. For instance, if you have any of the following conditions, then you may not be a candidate.
- Prostate cancer
- Bladder disorders
- Liver diseases
- Urination problems
Your doctor will more than likely perform tests to determine if you are a candidate. *Women and Children should never use Propecia.
If your doctor clears you then you still need to be careful and monitor any changes in your body. According to the Mayo Clinic, side effects may include, but are not limited too the following:
- Allergic reactions (hives, swelling, pain)
- Swelling in hands or feet
- Dizziness or weakness
- Decreased libido
- Skin rash
- Runny nose
- Unusual weight loss or gain
- Lumps in the breast
- Cold sweats
It’s important that you check with your healthcare professional if these side effects become bothersome. You may also report more side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
At New Image Hair Clinic, you matter. How you feel about your hair loss and making the right choice to solve it matters. We encourage you to take the time and review your options. Then come in for a no cost, no obligation private hair loss consultation.