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Propecia (Finasteride)

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Propecia1 mg

Generic Equivalent of Propecia

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Finasteride1 mg
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How does Propecia work?

The drug works by blocking certain enzymes that regulate the operation of the hair follicle. This enables hair follicles to again continue their function of growing hair. As well, the drug lowers the levels of dihydrotestosterone (a hormone known to cause male pattern balding in the scalp), and subsequently promotes hair growth. Researchers have yet to determine whether Propecia has a positive or negative effect on the gut microbiome.

Do you have to have a prescription for Propecia?

A prescription for Propecia is necessary to acquire the drug.

Why is the drug prescribed?

This drug has been specifically designed to treat male pattern balding.

How is Propecia taken?

The octagonal tablets are designed to be taken orally once a day with or without food. Doctor’s recommendations should be followed.

How fast does it work?

A minimum course of 3 months is generally required to observe benefits. Withdrawal from treatment before this time could see the complete reversal of new hair growth within one calendar year.

How is Propecia metabolized?

Propecia is metabolized in the liver and has a half life of 4-7 hours. On average, following a full 3 month course of treatment, it takes 3 months for the drug to entirely exit the body.

How safe is Propecia?

Propecia is a relatively safe drug for men but should be avoided by pregnant women and women in general. An important precaution is that pregnant women should avoid handling crushed or broken pieces of the Propecia tablets. This is because the active ingredient in Propecia, called finasteride, can be absorbed through the skin and would potentially harm a male fetus. Also, although uncommon, it is important to immediately inform a doctor of any allergic symptoms including hives or swelling of the lips, mouth, or throat occur while taking the drug.

What are some common side effects?

The most common side effects include a lowered sex drive, as well as ejaculation problems including decreased amounts of semen released during sex.

Can you do a PSA test while taking Propecia?

As Propecia has been known to significantly raise PSA levels in the body the PSA test should be avoided while taking the drug.

Is there a generic version of the drug?

Generic versions of the drug currently exist in Canada and the United states as, “Finasteride” (the active ingredient in Propecia). Are Rogaine and Propecia the same? Although similar in function to the popular hair loss drug Rogaine, the two drugs promote hair growth in different ways. Propecia is taken orally and works on the hormonal level, while its counterpart Rogaine operates topically and is applied directly to the areas of the scalp where hair growth is desired.

Where can I buy Propecia online?

If Propecia is your male pattern balding medication of choice, it can be bought directly from Canadian Online Pharmacy, and with their quick shipping would arrive promptly at your door.
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