Baldness affects over half of men to some extent over the age of 50, and most men at some stage in their lives. The condition is sometimes called androgenetic alopecia. It usually takes 15-25 years to go bald. However, some men go bald in fewer than five years.
Typically, at first the hair begins to recede at the front. At the same time, the hair usually becomes thin on the top of the head. A bald patch gradually develops in the middle of the scalp. The receding front, and the bald patch on the top (the crown) gradually enlarge and join together.
For younger men looking to keep a full head of hair, and the rest of us who just want to keep our hair loss from getting any worse, Propecia (Finasteride) is the key.
Propecia was launched in the UK in 2002, although it has been available in the USA since 1997. This product was developed to treat mild to moderate male pattern hair loss on the vertex (top of head) and anterior mid-scalp area (middle front of head).
Propecia (Finasteride) works by decreasing the amount of a natural body hormone (DHT). Decreasing the amount of DHT leads to increased hair regrowth and slower hair loss. Hair growth on other parts of the body is not affected by Propecia.
Several years of investigation and use by more than a million patients show that Propecia has long-term effectiveness and safety in treating MPHL in men of all ages and all ethnic backgrounds. Propecia is not recommended for use in women.
If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Take this medication by mouth, with or without food, usually once daily. Remember to use it at the same time each day. It may take up to 3 months to notice a benefit.