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The Big 3 OTC (over-the-counter) Treatments: #1 Propecia
Alright, so in the next 3 videos I am going to talk about what many call The Big 3 over the counter treatments in treating hair loss and the first one is widely known as
Finasteride is the generic name for the brand name drugs Proscar and Propecia.
Initially Finasteride was developed by Merck as a drug to treat enlarged prostate glands (Proscar).
But during a case study’s on men with prostate problems an interesting side effect of hair growth was noticed. Finasteride was approved by the FDA to treat enlarged prostates in men already. So what the pharmaceutical company Merck decided to do was to pursue the possibility of developing finasteride as the first pill to treat male pattern baldness.
On December 22, 1997 the FDA approved a 1mg dose of finasteride for the treatment of androgenic alopecia in men (male pattern baldness). Propecia is claimed to be the first Pharma drug in history to effectively treat male pattern baldness in the majority of men who use it.
What doctors have found in Finasteride was that it inhibited the Type II 5-alpha-reductace, the enzyme that converts testosterone into a more potent androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Propecia’s 1 mg dose of finasteride has been claimed to effectively lower DHT levels by as much as 60% when taken daily.
Seeing that DHT is the one that shrinks or miniaturizes the hair follicle, eventually leading to baldness this 60% reduction in DHT has proven to stop the progression of hair loss in 86% of men taking the drug during clinical trials. 65% of trial participants experienced what was considered a substantial increase in hair growth.
Propecia users take the 1mg drug daily in pill form, with no exceptions. Many people talk about different dosage taken (cutting the pill in half), skipping days, doubling up, etc. But many say this will not only do nothing to help your hair loss, but will also do your system more harm than good. Hormones must be treated delicately due to it being a chemical that operates in conjunction with each other. That’s why propecia users say to taking a constant daily dose will ensure a stable hormonal environment and keep your biology in harmony.
Although, Propecia may help to grow hair back
many hair loss sufferers are TERRIFIED of the side effects that may have permanent damage.
To see more on the issue of the Propecia side effect check
out the PDF I made on this issue.