When talking about hair loss medication, pharmaceutical industry play one of the biggest role in researching and developing the medicine with the best outcome while maintaining the least of side effects. Finasteride which was earlier used to treat only prostate patients has now become the gold standard in the treatment of hair loss amongst patients suffering from Male Pattern Baldness.
A 1mg dose daily is the suggested treatment for male-pattern hair loss. A 5 mg dose is given to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy (prostate enlargement) in men. Some patients quarter a 5 mg tablet with a pill cutter and then take ¼ of a tablet daily to save cost. Finasteride is being used on postmenopausal women with greater frequency. The usual dose is 2.5 mg daily, but the results aren’t has dramatic as in men. Because it can feminize a male fetus, women in childbearing years cannot use finasteride.
Finasteride inhibits the activity of Type II 5-alpha reductase, an enzyme that converts the male hormone testosterone into a more potent form called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is believed to act on scalp hair follicles to suppress them and gradually create weaker and smaller hair follicles. Finasteride will lower the tissue DHT levels by about 66%. It’s half-life in 6-8 hrs. Scalp hair is rather unique in that it is nonpubertal hair that is not stimulated by testosterone and is thinned by the effect of DHT. Beard and chest hair are stimulated by testosterone and DHT. In these regions, finasteride reduces the density, but this effect is most often not noticed. Finasteride has been occasionally used to reduce body hair in women.
Finasteride should not be used or handled by a woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant. The drug can cause abnormal development in a fetus. Therefore, finasteride should not be used in women of childbearing years. Reported side effects in men include decreased libido (sex drive), erectile dysfunction, male breast enlargement and psychological depression. To date no significant side effects have been noted in postmenopausal women. Occasional patients may have side effects continue even after discontinuing finasteride. The frequency of this scenario is controversial with most hair surgeons finding it rare in their patients. Studies are on going to determine the true risk.
In 2011 a sex clinic physician reported on patients found in an online blog who reported sexual side effects of Propecia that continued at least 3 months after discontinuing the drug. 71 patients filled out a questionnaire. The statistics were that 94% developed low libido, 92% erectile dysfunction 92% decreased sexual arousal and 69% claimed problems with orgasm. A 2017 article on 16 patients considered to have PFS showed altered levels of neuroactive steroids in their cerebrospinal fluid, possibly a link to depression.
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