About Propecia

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About Propecia

The active substance finasteride is used to treat benign prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH). The benign enlargement of the prostate gland is the most common cause of urinary bladder dysfunction in men. It occurs in the majority of men over 50 years old.

What is the purpose of this ingredient?

  • Treat benign enlargement of the prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Reduce hormonal-hereditary hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) in men

This is how Finasteride works

Below you will learn more about the fields of application and the mode of action of finasteride.
Please also read the information on the active ingredient group remedies for hair loss,
to which the active ingredient finasteride belongs.

Areas of application of the active substance finasteride

The active substance finasteride is used to treat benign prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH). The benign enlargement of the prostate gland is the most common cause of urinary bladder dysfunction in men. It occurs in the majority of men over 50 years old.

Another application of finasteride in much lower doses of the drug is the treatment of hormone-induced hair loss in men (androgenetic alopecia). However, the use is only useful in this particular form of hair loss. Finasteride inhibits not only the further progression of hair loss, but also promotes the growth of new hair. After about a year, a visible effect is expected. However, an effectiveness in the treatment of the receding hairline, so the retraction of the hairline has not been proven.

For the following application areas of Finasterid , in-depth information is available:

  • hair loss
  • benign prostate enlargement

Effect of finasteride

Finasteride is one of a group of drugs called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. These intervene in the metabolism of the male hormone testosterone. This has positive effects both on a benign prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH) and on hormone-induced hair loss (androgenetic alopecia):

  • Benign prostate enlargement is the leading cause of urinary bladder dysfunction in men. From not yet completely clarified cause the prostate tissue grows strongly and presses on the male urethra. Presumably, this growth is triggered by a hormone shift in which the male sex hormone dihydrotestosterone plays a key role. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is produced in the body from testosterone and promotes especially the growth of prostate cells.
    The testosterone, which is released from the testes and adrenal glands, is mainly in the prostate by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase type II rapidly converted to dihydrotestosterone. Finasteride inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone by blocking the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. The enlargement of the prostate is stopped and the risk of serious complications due to the narrowing of the urethra decreases. During treatment with finasteride even a reduction of the prostate can be observed. At the same time, unpleasant symptoms such as urinary symptoms are improved.
  • The enzyme 5-alpha-reductase type II is also found in the hair roots (hair follicles). Androgenetic alopecia, the most common form of hair loss in men, is caused by an inherited hypersensitivity of the hair roots to the male sex hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In this particular form of hair loss, the balding scalp contains reduced hair follicles and increased levels of dihydrotestosterone. The active ingredient finasteride inhibits the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase type II and thus the formation of DHT from its precursor, the testosterone. This prevents the harmful effects of DHT on hair follicles. Because of this mode of action finasteride is one of the remedies for hair loss.

 

Potential Propecia side effects may include:

Propecia used to treat the following diseases:

Disease
Percentage
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  1. Walter I. Hutchins says:
    3.0 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    No side effects, let alone the infamous libido loss. On the contrary, rather.

    Side effects: No side effects
  2. Ryan M. Matthew says:
    4.5 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    I have taken Finasterid (initially Propecia, for several years now Proscar quartered) for about 12-13 years regularly and continuously. My dermatologist recommended it to me at that time, as the genetically caused hair loss had already lifted my receding hairline and worked hard on my head. At first, I had taken Propecia. After a few weeks, the hair loss has been significantly reduced and also already exposed areas were again a little denser. Bald spots remain bald. Due to the high costs, I had then started to reduce the dose to about half. This has also shown after a few weeks when showering with clogged drain. That was, so to speak, the successful test of the effect. I then switched to Proscar for a tip. The cost the same, but have 5 times the active ingredient. Carefully cut Proscar into 4-5 pieces with a sharp razor blade. Here you should be very careful, especially if women (girlfriend, wife, daughter, etc.) live in the household. As far as I’m informed, even tiny dust-fine particles in women can lead to serious damage in the abdomen and birth defects. So beware! Divide tablets only in a well-to-clean place and then rinse thoroughly and do not brush hands, for example: on a common towel. Fortunately, I can not say anything about side effects, but nothing at all. As far as the libido is concerned, my girlfriend had the feeling that the tablets have a libido-boosting effect. In other ways as well, in all the years, I could not perceive any negative effect that I can attribute to the drug. BUT nevertheless I am warned of possible later side effects. Therefore, a recommendation of this drug would not be very serious. The side effect-free effect I can only confirm based on personal experience. Everyone has to know for themselves whether he accepts the possible dangers and the high price or not. In any case, not easy to take, but before thoroughly inform and seek advice from a reputable doctor. Meanwhile, there are probably other medically confirmed effective alternatives.

    Side effects: No side effects
  3. Sean H. Hankins says:
    2.5 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    I have the impression that it has led to an increase in weight. But this can not prove exactly, because I take the drug for about 10 years nonstop. Anyway, I am amazingly fast and must moderate me constantly.

    Side effects: Increase in weight
  4. Norman F. Stiltner says:
    4.5 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    This drug, rather the active ingredient finasteride, stops the hair loss as good as 100% !!! It’s the only remedy for genetic hair loss that works. Unfortunately. For me, the following side effects occurred after a long period of use: – Weight gain (Partially uncontrollable, I ate very little and increased anyway) – Tiredness – listlessness – aggravated to impossible muscle growth – Enlargement of the breast of course, this has to do with the fact that the biologically valuable DHT is blocked and thus there is too much testosterone there. Since this can then be less or hardly converted to DHT, automatically produces more potential to produce estrogen. What the body does !! Sequence = & gt; Feminization !! The worst thing for me was the effect that I got annoying ENT infections after a while. I then dropped it off to test a lot and it confirmed that the infections stopped. Since I was really sick again and again, and unfortunately even feverishly, I had to sell it.

  5. James C. Jarvis says:
    3.0 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    Acts great at the beginning of hair loss (* no * new hair but stabilization or visible improvement) Side effects – slight chest pain after about 10 months – again and again – suspicion (my part) on incipient gynaecomastia (breast growth) Price: Relatively expensive (1 € / day ) when purchased as a hair restorer

    Side effects: Breast pain; Breast growth
  6. Justin S. Yedinak says:
    4.0 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    Before taking the drug Finsaterid I warn everyone urgently. Who takes it, should know what he could do with it. My following experiences: I am 44 years old today. My hair loss started at the age of 22. Since then I fought against it, with various means, such. B. birch water etc. Everything did not work. Then in November 1998 I became aware of the drug Propecia in the daily newspaper. The drug had made it to the first page. To my delight, it should work for over 80 percent of users in hair loss. I went to see my family doctor and had Propecia prescribed. With the intake I started at the end of December 1998, daily one tablet. At first, after a few weeks, I noticed changes in some parts of my skin, they were pointy redness that was flaking. My desire for sex eased. The ejaculation volume decreased. Further, I perceived the enlargement of my breast. I play tennis. After about 1-1 / 2 years I was short of breath. I noticed this when playing tennis. The longer a match lasted, the more likely it was that I lost it. I finally did not win a match over three sets. It took another long time for me to associate this with taking Propecia. It is important to know that the process of changes in the body is creeping. In June 2001, I decided to wind down Propecia. Until then, the drug had already done enough for me. The hair loss was indeed stopped, but at what price. I hoped the shortness of breath and the other side effects mentioned, in addition to the occasional Aufdunsung my face, get rid of the deposition. I started jogging after discontinuing the drug. It became clear how bad my condition was already. At the slightest load, ie lowest running speed, my pulse ran upwards. I never had that before. My overall performance was worse, sometimes I just went up a 30-step staircase and colleagues asked me about my shortness of breath about running a marathon. The longer the drug was discontinued, the better I was. The shortness of breath and other side effects subsided more and more. In November 2001, however, I noticed that the hair loss started again. The side effects were all gone at this time. Now I made a decision, the consequences of which I still suffer today. Actually, I could have been glad that I was restored. But no, a bald head was horror for me then and so I took Propecia again. I decided to take a three-month course of treatment and stop taking it for three months, then take it again for three months. So I put it then. For me was in the episode even clearer than before, that only the taking of Finasteride was responsible for my complaints. It was like that that I jogged the 10 km meanwhile in 46 minutes. This time was, despite the same training, worse after taking. I was now clearly shorter breathless and more powerless than described above. It seemed to me running on time as a catalyst for the side effects. It was Easter 2002 when I decided to drop the drug again. Despite the withdrawal, this time the side effects remained and they got worse. There was also mood swings, I could not remember anything, generally I was in a bad mood, I got an irritable bowel. Endurance sport was out of the question, my pulse shot up to over 200 minutes after a few minutes. A cardiologist after a lapidary testified that my heart was healthy. He did not arrange further investigations. When urinating the beam became smaller, I got a prostate infection. Doctors, whom I told my impression that my massive complaints are obviously due to the earlier intake of Propecia, told me that this could not be so, because the active ingredient after the dismissal for a long time is no longer in the body. But I knew better, my feeling for my body I consider very good. It could all be related to the intake of Propecia. Finally, in the summer of 2009, I found a doctor who could alleviate my suffering. Since 2004 I played almost no tennis anymore, although it was my favorite hobby. Because of my shortness of breath, it just did not work anymore. I was in the club twice club champion and 9 times double championship. I say this only to make it clear that I would not have hanged such a hobby without good health problems. The doctor determined by an ultrasound scan that my spleen contracted to almost half its normal size

    Side effects: Breast growth; Libido loss
  7. John N. Chavira says:
    4.0 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    Ejaculation disorders, fatigue, pain in the heart, dizziness, anxiety (very rare)

    Side effects: Breast pain; Fatigue
  8. Joseph A. Rogers says:
    2.0 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    No side effects if you forget about a day chest pain.

    Side effects: Breast pain
  9. Angel G. Harrell says:
    2.0 rating

    Total Impotence Worst Depression Sleep Disorder Physical Weakness Organ Failure It Helps Nothing Up To Now! Hello, took Finasteride for a few days, after weaning my body is completely broken. Do not know how my life will go on! Hope you do not happen.

  10. Jimmy M. Phillips says:
    4.0 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    I took Propecia for 3 years. It stopped the hair loss, hair even thickened. Unfortunately, there were some side effects that caused me to discontinue finasteride. Luckily I did not have a loss of libido at all. But now in retrospect, I must admit that I was driveless. Strangely enough, in the long time I took the pills, it was much more difficult to find a partner. I was less offensive and flirtatious, and I did not seem to be able to smell that good at the time, as the saying goes. I am not familiar with the chemical effect, but somehow I have suddenly triggered no physical attraction in the female gender. My breasts are also swollen and I have gained 5 pounds. But the worst side effect, which I did not initially associate with Propecia, was a nasty, pustular rash around the eyes, which began slowly after two years of use and became more intense until discontinuing the drug. Since weaning, I have lost the 5 kilos, without consciously eating less or better, can now eat as much as before, as I would without increasing. That sounds strange, I know – but in fact I have regular physical exchanges with the opposite sex, because I am more open, more alert, and apparently also bring back a physical attraction. The rash disappears completely after three months. My hair is now also failed and become lighter again, but with ‘Regaine’ to massage into the scalp, I am currently having good experiences. I can not recommend Finasteride for the many side effects at all. Well, if it did not work so well against hair loss … But life is so much more fun.

  11. Martin M. Waymire says:
    4.5 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    Hello to all, who are interested in Propecia! I will be brief on my report without giving up details. Well, I am now 29 years old and have been taking Propecia regularly for 3.5 years. In most cases it is calculated half a tablet per day. My doctor (dermatologist) even suggested that one tablet for three days would be enough as well. For the better: The tablets work and stop the hair loss, at least for me. I have the same hair structure that was present at the time of taking it. Too bad: The tablets are also working where they should not. I had no side effects during the three years; also in terms of potency. Everything worked great. Unfortunately I got power problems about a month ago and they are not without. I dropped off the tabs. Why do I think that it is due to finasteride? Danz simply, I forced to sell fin about 4 months ago because I could not handle a prescription. After a while, I found out that my libido has increased enormously – it was undeniable. After resuming taking it, I then realized again that the potency had decreased, but it was still sufficient. But she is not! For about a month, I take no more fin, significant improvements I could not observe. The urologist thought it might take a while for the original balance to set in. Conclusion: I would particularly advise against young men from taking this remedy. Hair is not so important – if you suddenly get unnecessary problems in the house! Cut off your hair and look, maybe it will look good, or look better? But, in any case, the NW considers this drug. I am now making enormous allegations!

    Side effects: Potency disorders
  12. Michael M. Bublitz says:
    4.0 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    The Medikemant undoubtedly works against the hair loss. However, it caused me libido and potency problems: Less desire, less firm erection, less ejaculate. For fear of consequential damage, I have sold it, probably or bad. It was too unsafe for me to take a drug that causes me such side effects in the long run. The NW as such would have just been tolerated, in consideration of just the effect achieved on the head. But the NW showed me that it deeply intervened in the system somehow, because I have a bad feeling, then take even longer (years). Everyone has to decide for themselves.

    Side effects: Potency disorders
  13. Norman A. Hadley says:
    2.0 rating

    Rash and red spots on the face

    Side effects: Skin rash
  14. John H. Robertson says:
    5.0 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    I took Propecia for 3 years – and I’m happy to have discontinued it. It definitely worked, the hair loss was stopped, I got thicker hair. After leaving finasteride, some hair fell out. But unfortunately the side effects were too strong for me. Fortunately, my libido was not restricted. But overall, I was driveless, and as weird as it may sound – there was almost no physical exchange with a woman during the time of ingestion. Also, I have not felt a spark of attraction from my wife at this time. As if I can not smell good. No idea if that’s possible – I do not know what kind of chemical process finasteride sets in motion. Since I discontinued the drug, I am clearly more successful both at work and in women. I am more open, offensive, seem to work more and can not complain about missing love life. In the time of taking I have gained 5 pounds, my breasts are also swollen. After weaning, I lost the 5 kilos again – without consciously having done something for it. Now I can eat (as before) as much as I want without increasing. So, and now the most serious side effect: After two years of taking, I slowly got an annoying, bright red, pustular rash around the eyes, which I initially did not associate with finasteride. With time he became more and more violent, the thrusts came more often, he did not leave. I was desperate because even cortisone did not bring any improvement. After discontinuing Propecia, the rash has crept away within 2 months and was never seen again. I can not recommend the use of it, the impairments of the body and the hormone balance are too strong, the drug seems to mess up the whole body. For fuller hair is worthwhile in no way – at least according to my experience. It is also too expensive. I now use Regaine to massage into the scalp and feel that it works similarly well and has no side effects. Is now over-the-counter to buy and in three-pack cheap.

  15. Raymond K. Webb says:
    2.0 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    Depression, dry brittle skin, muscle wasting, …

    Side effects: Depressive moods
  16. Edward L. Arnwine says:
    3.0 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    For 5 months I have taken Finasteride – I have problems with hair loss, although I am very young. So the remedy is no wonder, my hair loss is almost over, I have more hair on the other hand not synonymous. Side effects – bad mood, sometimes no desire for sex but actually very rare.

    Side effects: Depressive moods; Libido loss
  17. John R. Devore says:
    3.0 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    About 2 years ago, I experienced the total collapse. It started a sudden heart attack and I got extreme panic attacks. The doctor diagnosed a nervous breakdown, although there was absolutely no reason for it. In the following years, I got depression, muscle tremors, joint pain, chronic fatigue, sleep disorders and memory loss. I fight through every new day and there is no improvement in sight. I can only strongly advise everyone against this devil drug.

    Side effects: Depression; Fatigue
  18. Leo L. Gardener says:
    5.0 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    Belong to the kind of consumers who brought the here evaluated drug finasteride from my voluntary service in the States directly to a day clinic for depression. Due to gloomy genetic-family prospects, as far as the continued existence of my mane was concerned, in February 2013 I had just prescribe that drug from a urologist. After a brief briefing on the possible side effects of losing libido and reducing my ejaculate, I triumphantly held a box of the preparation in my hand. No word about possible severe psychosomatic consequences. In the following months I was sometimes more, sometimes less afflicted by severe mood swings, expressed sadness attacks and flanked by strong exhaustion. Likewise, a reduction in my libido occurred. However, the hope of eternal hair left me blind to these warning signs, especially since in my naivety, causality was not in the least conscious of me. Rather, I was inclined to project emotional imbalances on all possible, sometimes more, sometimes less potentially burdening contradictions in me or external events (unexplained sexual identity, unsatisfactory work in the project, no German comparable term in English, etc). After I had rocked my high school diploma, I entered my planned one-year stay in the States, which came to a sudden end after half a year. Shortly after my arrival, the already mentioned symptoms increased and culminated in deep, debilitating sadness, profound apathy and maximum agitation. It came to the day when it overwhelmed me to perform most natural tasks (eg, brushing teeth, food intake, dressing). In the end, my parents, in my distress, guided me home with great effort, where the final diagnosis was made by a physician, after a spit route between psychiatrists and endocrinologists, PFS, a severe endogenous depressive episode. After discontinuation of the drug, my mental state became solid within three weeks. The fact that this consolidation in such a short time is not mandatory, as shown by the case of a young American, who after the discontinuation of finasteride for a long time continued to suffer from severe depression and finally saw no choice but to escape his earthly torment (Youtube). Thousands of other victims who organize themselves online in the forum propeciahelp.com speak volumes. Ironically, the only thing I got into the row during that time, even at the darkest hour, was to eat the pretty finasteride tablets. Added to this is that my family line has no dispositions regarding depression. I do not want to join those people who demonize or praise this drug per se per se, and because of this strong imbalance and polarization of ratings, I doubt whether all the reviews come from actual users. Nevertheless one should inform oneself about the potentially possible side effects exactly, so that one can react immediately with occurring side effects or is only able to recognize them. Each individual brings with it a different constitution, which is why a generalization is forbidden. People who are already traveling with a low level of DHT anyway, keep your fingers away! It can be assumed that only a fraction of those who have undergone similar experiences as I have commented on the Internet at all. To rely solely on pseudo-studies and experts (Prof. Dr. Wolf / Dr C. Kunte or other acquired expertise), which were launched mostly by pharmaceutical companies, I regard as highly negligent. It is particularly dangerous there, where economic interests and supposed expert advice mix. The period of six months of tormenting blackness has retrospectively brought me closer to my family, revealing personal priorities, and today, with unparalleled freedom, strength, and balance, lets me look at many things that might have thrown me off track earlier , It has always been clear to me that life is not always beautiful, just as I always thought it was worth fighting for this life. This belief is even more valid for me today. But I do not know if I would still be in this world today and write these lines if that fight had lasted more than 7 months

    Side effects: Depression; Fatigue; Libido loss
  19. Dustin J. Alejandro says:
    4.5 rating

    Propecia for Hair loss

    Belong to the kind of consumers who brought the here evaluated drug finasteride from my voluntary service in the States directly to a day clinic for depression. Due to gloomy genetic-family prospects, as far as the continued existence of my mane was concerned, in February 2013 I had just prescribe that drug from a urologist. After a brief briefing on the possible side effects of losing libido and reducing my ejaculate, I triumphantly held a box of the preparation in my hand. No word about possible severe psychosomatic consequences. In the following months, I was sometimes more, sometimes less afflicted by severe mood swings, which expressed themselves in sadness attacks and flanked by fatigue. Likewise, there was a reduction in my libido. But the hope of eternal hair made me blind to these warnings, especially since in my naivete causality was not in the least conscious. Rather, I was inclined to project emotional imbalances on all possible, sometimes more, sometimes less potentially burdening contradictions in me or external events (unexplained sexual identity, unsatisfactory work in the project, no German comparable term in English, etc). After I had rocked my high school diploma, I entered my planned one-year stay in the States, which came to a sudden end after half a year. Shortly after my arrival, the already mentioned symptoms increased and culminated in deep, debilitating sadness, profound apathy and maximum agitation. It came to the day when it overwhelmed me to perform most natural tasks (such as brushing, feeding, dressing). My parents finally guided me in my distress with great effort home, where only the medical side, after a spit route from psychiatrists to endocrinologists, the final diagnosis was made, PFS, severe endogenous depressive episode. After discontinuation of the drug, my mental state consolidated within three weeks. The fact that this consolidation in such a short time is not mandatory, as shown by the case of a young American, who after the discontinuation of finasteride for a long time continued to suffer from severe depression and finally saw no choice but to escape his earthly torments. Ironically, the only thing I got into the row during that time, even at the darkest hour, was to eat the pretty finasteride tablets. Added to this is that my family line has no dispositions regarding depression. I do not want to approach those people who demonize or praise this drug per se per se, and it seems questionable to me here, because of this strong unbalance and polarization of the ratings, if all the reviews come from actual users. Nevertheless one should inform oneself about the potentially possible side effects exactly, so that one can react immediately with occurring side effects or is only able to recognize them. Each individual brings with it a different constitution, which is why a generalization prohibits. People who are already traveling with a low level of DHT anyway, keep your fingers away! It can be assumed that only a fraction of those who have undergone similar experiences as I have commented on the Internet at all. Leaving alone on the Internet, mostly launched by pharmaceutical companies pseudo-studies and experts (Prof. Dr. Wolf / Dr C. Kunte or other purchased expertise), I consider as highly negligent. It is particularly dangerous there, where economic interests and supposed expert advice mix. The period of six months of tormenting blackness has retrospectively brought me closer to my family, revealing personal priorities, and today, with unparalleled freedom, strength, and balance, lets me look at many things that might have thrown me off track earlier , It has always been clear to me that life is not always nice, but I have always believed that it was worth fighting for. This belief is even more valid for me today. But I do not know if I would still be in this world today and write these lines if this fight had taken more than 7 months to answer

    Side effects: Depression; Fatigue; Libido loss