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Propecia (finasteride) belongs to a group of medicines called Type II 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. It is prescribed to men suffering from male pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia. Propecia contains the active ingredient finasteride, which lowers the levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), stopping hair loss and encouraging regrowth. You may benefit from Propecia if you have mild to moderate, but not complete hair loss.
Finasteride belongs to a group of medicines called Type II 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. Finasteride is used to treat early forms of male pattern hair loss, also called androgenetic alopecia. Finasteride 1mg helps to maintain hair by reducing the amount of the hormone DHT in the blood. You may see an improvement within three to six months
Finasteride is the generic equivalent of the branded medication known as Propecia.
Minoxidil, the active ingredient in REGAINE, reinvigorates shrunken hair follicles – they increase in size and regrow thicker hair over time.
Hair loss is a common condition, also known as androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness can start at any age. It may begin in your teens, twenties or thirties, with most of your hair being lost by your mid-40s or 50s. Over 50% of men, over 50 years of age, are affected1. Although hair loss is very common it can cause a great deal of anxiety.
The good news for you, if you do suffer from male pattern baldness, is that there are prescription treatments available that aim to reduce your hair loss and maintain what you already have. Our doctors may prescribe Propecia for you, if you are concerned about your hair loss, following a successful online consultation. Propecia is a prescription-only medication that has few side effects and is a very easy medication to take. It is proven to alleviate hair loss in 83% of men at 2 years after starting treatment. Other treatments are also available.
The definition of male hair loss
Male pattern baldness is a consequence of a hereditary genetic sensitivity to the natural hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). All men produce the hormone DHT, but for some men it can affect the hair follicles on the scalp, shrinking them until they are unable to grow hair. The follicles do not disappear, they just lose the ability to grow and sustain hair.
Male pattern baldness generally starts at the temples and crown, it often spreads across the scalp meeting in a horseshoe shape.
When is treatment appropriate for Hair Loss?
The good news is that it is never too early to start treatment for hair loss. Treatment can be very effective in the early stages of hair loss, helping you to achieve complete regrowth of lost hair. The results may be positive even if you are starting treatment sometime after your hair loss started. You may still reduce the rate of hair loss and encourage new hair to grow. The Hamilton Norwood scale provides an easy way to classify the extent of your hair loss.
Hair loss treatment is a viable option through all the stages, up to stage 5 of hair loss.
What are my hair loss treatment options?
There are several treatment options available for you if you are suffering from Male Pattern baldness, including supplements, prescription only medication and surgery.
Of the many supplements and creams that are available without prescription, and which are claimed to help keep your hair, few have any clinical test data to back up their claims. The exception to this is Minoxidil lotion, commonly known as Regaine. This lotion must be applied twice a day and is effective at slowing down hair loss. Results are usually seen in a few months.
Propecia is a prescription-only medication that is clinically proven to combat hair loss. The active ingredient, finasteride, inhibits the activity of DHT on the follicles of the scalp, slowing down or halting hair loss.
Surgical treatment is the most extreme solution to male pattern baldness. This involves taking hair from the back of your head and moving it to the front of your scalp. Scalp reduction can also be used to remove a small bald patch and then stretch your remaining scalp over it. As well as being expensive and invasive, these surgical treatments often need to be repeated over the long term.
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Our PrivateDoc doctors may be able to prescribe Propecia or finasteride for you following a successful online consultation. Propecia/finasteride is the most effective treatment available for the condition, with clinical studies showing results in 8 out of 10 patients.
Propecia‘s active ingredient is finasteride and this blocks DHT, stopping hair loss and encouraging regrowth.
References and footnotes
- BAD, https://www.bad.org.uk/shared/get-file.ashx?id=3831&itemtype=document
- McClellan KJ1, Markham A. Finasteride: a review of its use in male pattern hair loss. Drugs. 1999 Jan;57(1):111-26. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9951956. Last accessed 28/11/19