Propecia & Finasteride
Propecia is a new drug used for hair loss that has shown more than 80% effectiveness in growing hair. It comes in a 1 mg dose, which is taken orally once a day. The active ingredient, finasteride, prevents the formation of DHT, which is the hormone that leads to male pattern baldness. In two-year clinical studies in men between the ages of 18-41 with mild to moderate hair loss at the top of their heads, Propecia was shown to:
- Maintain or Increase the Amount of Hair in 83% of Men
(vs. 28% Taking Placebo)
- Increase the Amount of Hair, Decrease Hair Loss and Improve Appearance in Most Men Reporting
- Promote Visible Hair Regrowth in 66% of Men, as Determined by an Independent Panel of Dermatologists
Propecia begins to work within about three months, when most men begin to notice their hair loss slowing. Hair grows very slowly, about half an inch a month, but most people begin to experience regrowth after six months taking Propecia. Generally, you will not grow back all the hair you've lost, but the results can be dramatic.