Propecia: Friend or Foe

Propecia: Friend or Foe

Propecia or finasteride is a prescription medication used to treat male pattern baldness, It works by interfering with hormones known to cause hair loss. It has proved itself in many clinical trials that it definitely does work, but at what cost?

There has been much debate about whether the side effects of this “hair saving” drug is worth it. Common side effects described include erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, and decreased sperm count. The question of a ‘not so great’ sex life or a full head of hair comes to mind for many patients.

Should one simply try it and see what happens? Well, more recent studies have shown some evidence of ongoing side effects even after Propecia is stopped and the name “Post-finasteride syndrome” has become a topic of discussion.

This makes prescribing Propecia a very personal decision. At The Hairfront we are more than happy to sit down with you and discuss your options and risks in detail. We will give you all the data and help you make an informed decision.

We also need to remember that erectile dysfunction has a psychological component so one could experience this, simply because of thinking about it and not because of the drug itself. This is known as the placebo effect.

A different drug, known as Minoxidil may be an alternate option, as it has no known sexual side effects, although it is not as effective as Propecia.

Schedule your free consultation with us today to discuss your medical options.

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