Finasteride is a popular drug known for its multiple uses. You can find finasteride in drug stores as Proscar and Propecia. The drug is used mainly as treatments for androgenetic alopecia popularly known as male pattern baldness and enlarged prostate. The most common pharmacological use of finasteride in male patients include:
Treating male pattern baldness (a condition that develops in almost 80 percent of Caucasian men) is one of the most popular uses of finasteride. In the United States, finasteride is one of two drugs approved by the FDA for treatment of hair pattern loss.
Finasteride works by lowering the level of scalp and serum DHT. By doing this, finasteride can maintain or increase the number of terminal hairs in the anagen phase by inhibiting and sometimes reversing miniaturization of the hair follicle. Finasteride has shown to be most effective on the vertex but can reduce hair loss in all areas of the scalp.
The drug has been shown to provide up to 30 percent improvement in hair loss after six months of treatment. One thing to note is that the effectiveness of finasteride persists as long as the drug is taken. The drug should be taken regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
It is best to buy finasteride tablets online. The drug is known to improve BPH symptoms such as difficulty urinating, getting up during the night to urinate, hesitation at the start and end of urination, and decreased urinary flow.
In long-term studies, finasteride has been shown to reduce the risk of acute urinary retention (−57% at 4 years) and the need for surgery by about 54% over the same period. However, if the drug is discontinued, any therapeutic benefits are reversed within about 6–8 months.
In 2010, Cochrane reported that patients who take 5α-reductase inhibitor chemoprevention (like finasteride) have a 25 or 26 percent less chance of developing prostate cancer. An independent study carried out by Medicare claims of that the significant reduction in prostate cancer risk is also maintained even after discontinuation of treatment.
The downside to this is that 5α-reductase inhibitors have been found to increase the risk of developing certain rare but aggressive forms of prostate cancer (27% risk increase), although not all studies have observed this.
Like every other drug, finasteride has its side effects. Some of the common side effects include, decreased sexual ability/desire, in some men, this medication can decrease the amount of semen released during sex.
However, there have been very few reports of serious allergic reaction to this drug. While this is unlikely, you should seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. To know if you have an allergic reaction to this drug: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
P.S: Finasteride is prescribed for only adult males, it should not be taken by women (pregnant women are not advised to handle it) and children.