How does Propecia compare with other baldness treatments?
Causes of baldness in men.
So, how did Propecia become so effective in battling male hair loss? Well, you could look at the primary causes of baldness in men. Men lose hair because they have accumulated a lot of DHT in their hair follicles, which end up compressing until they can no longer accommodate hair growth. As accumulation takes years, it is not a surprise that most sufferers are those who are a little more advanced in age. However, hair loss can also start as early as in a man’s twenties to thirties.
Propecia does work but how well?.
Propecia cannot compete as an HRT drug. But how about its efficacy as a treatment for what it is made for – male pattern baldness? For five years, a clinical study regarding hair growth saw about two out of three participants grow back some of their hair. The participants consisted of different men suffering from mild to moderate degrees of hair loss.
As with all well-planned medical research setups, the control group consisted of men who did not take the component, Finasteride. These men all lost their hair. Hair growth, by the way, only considered each participant’s hair count, but not the cosmetic value. As long as hair grows back, no matter how it looks, it is deemed successful.
Of course, the studies did not totally ignore the cosmetic effects of Propecia on the participant. A separate evaluation was conducted by dermatologists, who were not working in-house for the medical research team. These independent dermatologists observed the scalps of the test subjects. They provide analysis on the cosmetic look of the hair that managed to grow on some of the participants. The dermatologists are hair and skin experts. They found that almost half of the test subjects who made use of the component, Finasteride, showed attractive and visible hair regrowth. 42% of the participants also showed positive results through the stoppage of hair loss. As a whole, all those who made use of Finasteride ended up with hair count that went over their initial baseline. The difference between the test group’s total hair count and the control group’s total hair count became more marked throughout the duration of the trials, which lasted all of five years.
Results of Trials
Propecia is advantageous as a hair loss treatment because it is very efficient as such. In clinical tests, hair loss has been cured in 85% of the test subjects. 50% of the participants even experienced not just the stoppage of loss, but also the actual regrowth in their first year of using the drug. 66% experienced great results after having taken the drug regularly going on to two years.
The medication has become more popular with men because it does not really do much for women. Moreover, the compound Finasteride can also be dangerous to women, especially to those who are pregnant. The compound can cause congenital anomalies on fetuses, especially male ones. Merck and Co, Inc., Propecia’s manufacturer, is concerned enough about these possibilities that they advise women of childbearing age to keep away from the drug. Women should not handle pills, or may need to use gloves to do so.
Propecia has an especially disturbing effect on male sexual potency. Before getting alarmed, note that clinical tests have only shown 0.5% of participants affected by such a side effect. Sexual function was supposedly completely restored to normal after the participants stopped taking the pill. This was not the case with some of the other reports.