|Active ingredient : Finasteride||Manufactured by : Various|
|Treatment: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)||Dosage : 1, 5 mg|
Loss of hair is a cause of concern for a large proportion of male population around the world. In most of the cases, men lose hair on top of their head or vertex which is known as male pattern hair loss. Propecia is a brand of drug that was developed to treat MPHL. Clinical studies involving men losing hair at the top and given Propecia to treat this problem have revealed that 9 out of 10 men have maintained or improved their receding hairline. Generic Propecia contains a salt called Finasteride that has been found to be effective in curing the problem of male baldness called alopecia.
Though the problem of male pattern hair loss does not cause any health problems, it poses aesthetic problems for the patient as he feels bad and loses confidence because of loss of hair. Scientists have found that thinning of hair in men in early ages is due to increased conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestoterone. This is a chemical that causes hair follicles to shrink and lead to shedding of hair to make the hairline recede. It was in 1997 that Finasteride was first approved for sale to treat male hair loss pattern and today it has become a very popular treatment for the male baldness. Though it is a fact that the earlier one starts on Finasteride, the better are the results, there is nothing to suggest that Finasteride does not work in advanced stage.
The mode of working of generic Finasteride is clear and it starts to block the enzyme that is known to convert testosterone into dihydrotestoterone. This is an evil form of the male hormone and gets stored in male body on the scalp and prostate. As a preventive cure of baldness, Propecia has worked miracles on males when they start on these tablets with the first signs of hair loss. These are the patients who never go bald and benefit from generic Propecia. Thus it is clear that earlier a man starts on Propecia, the better are his chances to never go bald.
Knowing that Finasteride may not work miracles on men who have already grown bald, it is reassuring to people that in majority of cases where patients were advised this drug, nearly half noticed re-growth of hair on their scalp. This does not mean that a completely bald man can have thick hair on his scalp if he starts to use Finasteride.