Consumer Information on Propecia
Propecia is a proven treatment for permanent hair loss in men. Women should not use this medication. To maximize results it is important that consumers follow the instructions provided by their physician. Any deviation can delay hair loss stoppage or hair regrowth. Complications can arise when any type of hormone-related drug is misused.
Propecia is a small dosage medication. Consumers should not take more than one 1mg tablet per day. This medication is usually prescribed for daily use. Because this medication affects hormone balance, taking a double dose when you forget to take one can cause problems with your hormones. Taking more medication than prescribed will not cause your hair to grow faster. The tablet is coated for easy swallowing. The coating also protects you from the active ingredients while you are handling it.
Potential Side Effects
Clinical studies show that Propecia is a safe treatment for hair loss. Like any medication, there are possible side effects reported by a small number of patients. The most common complaints include low libido and erectile dysfunction. This drug metabolizes in the liver so consumers with conditions that reduce liver function may not be suitable candidates for this medication.
An allergy to the drug will manifest as a rash or difficulty breathing. If you are at risk for side effects, your doctor may have you take the mediation for a month to evaluate your tolerance of it. Most side effects are mild and temporary typically subsiding after your body adjusts to the medication.
Signs the Medication is Working
People who use Propecia are often concerned when they realize they are losing hair faster than they did before using the drug. However, this is actually a sign that the drug is working. The medication eventually causes your hair follicles to end current growth of hair and start new growth cycles. As a result, your old hair will fall out to make room for your new hair which will be thicker and healthier. You should be prepared for this to last for about a month early in your treatment.
Because it can take up to three months to see benefits from taking Propecia, patience is a must. Each man who uses this drug responds differently to it so results vary. It can take anywhere from four to twelve months for hair loss to stop. If your hair begins to grow again, you will likely begin to see results within two years. For maximum benefits, your doctor may suggest you use Nizoral shampoo in concert with the medication. This shampoo does not require a prescription.