Propecia is the brand name of finasteride and is used to treat male pattern hair loss by preventing the conversion of testosterone to DHT in the body. Decreasing DHT leads to an increase in hair re-growth and slower hair loss. Male pattern hair loss is a common condition where males experience gradual thinning of hair on the crown and scalp resulting in a receding hair line or baldness on the top of the head. Propecia does not treat thinning hair on the temples and is not used to treat hair loss in women or children.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common Propecia side effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following finasteride side effects:
Q: How long does it take to see the effects of Propecia?
A: It may take up to three months before you start to see the effects of this medication in your hair growth.
Q: What will happen when I stop taking Propecia?
A: You must continue to take this medication to maintain your hair growth. When you stop taking finasteride, any gain in hair quantity is generally lost within 12 months.
Q: Is there a generic Propecia?
A: The Propecia generic alternative is known as finasteride 1mg and may offer even better savings on the cost of your medication.