Propecia (finasteride) is the first and the only treatment from male pattern baldness that received an approval of the FDA. It is widely used for millions of men going bald because of genetic predisposition or other factor that may contribute to the development of this condition.
Propecia works by targeting the actual cause of the problem, but it needs to be used regularly for a long period of time for the patient to benefit from the treatment. The chemical blamed for hair loss is called DHT, and blocking it is Propecia’s primary job.
DHT can contribute to the shrinkage of hair follicles, which shortens their growth phase and makes them very thin and weak. These effects result in decreased hair growth and shedding, becoming more and more obvious over the years. Propecia works by inhibiting DHT and preventing it from affecting the hair follicles in the way described.
However, the effects of Propecia last only for as long as it stays in the patient’s bloodstream. Propecia is not a cure, rather than a highly efficient treatment that needs to be used permanently for the patient to achieve visible and stable results.
Regular use of Propecia it the best way to ensure the result desired. This medicine is usually taken once daily, with a full glass of water. Propecia is not known to cause any interactions with foods or drugs, neither are there contraindications for the treatment. The only precaution the patient needs to keep in mind is that Propecia should never be handled by pregnant women, as this may affect male baby organs.
It may take the patient up to three months to see the first results of the treatment. However, if Propecia did not work after 12 months of regularly treatment, the drug will not work for that particular patient. The patient can try an alternative method then.