Finasteride (Propecia) prescription
Finasteride (Propecia) Propecia is a 4 AZA steroid compound that is a specific inhibitor of type 2, 5 Alpha Reductase, the enzyme that metabolizes the androgen testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This prescription medication to treat male-pattern baldness is taken daily in pill form. People with liver disease or prostate cancer should not be using this drug. Children should avoid any contact with this medication. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Women and children should not use this medicine. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not handle crushed or broken tablets. Finasteride can be absorbed through the skin and cause birth defects in male babies.” In addition, according to Merck, women should avoid handling crushed or broken tablets.
Propecia side effects, according to the National Medical Library: Breast enlargement and tenderness, skin rash, and swelling of lips are more likely to occur with the 5-mg dose. Likewise, abdominal pain, back pain, decreased interest in sex, reduced amount of semen, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, impotence, long-term sexual problems risk (inability to have or keep an erection). Even more, Propecia may skew PSA; blood test results used to screen for prostate cancer, a new study found and published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology.
In a test study by Northwestern University, of more than 11,000 men who took these hair loss medications between 1992 and 2013, only 1.4 percent of them suffered long-term erectile dysfunction. But it lasted more than 3 ½ years after they stopped taking the pills. And 4.5 percent developed shorter-term erectile dysfunction. The younger the men, the bigger the risk.