General information about Finasteride in Belgium
Finasteride (Propecia) and Minoxidil are considered the only drugs capable of combating hair loss and combating androgenetic alopecia. Both drugs are FDA approved.
The drug, interacting with 5-alpha reductase, prevents the passage of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone or DHT. Dihydrotestosterone is the main culprit of hair loss in androgenetic alopecia. Scientific studies have shown a reduction in dihydrotestosterone in the scalp of 64% and 69% respectively for 40 days of treatment with finasteride 1mg/day and finasteride 5mg/day.
Does Finasteride really work for hair loss?
An effective decrease in the values in the blood and the consequent reduction of dihydrotestosterone in the scalp favor in most of the cases studied a stoppage of hair loss and in some cases also a regrowth with gradual disappearance of the thinning.
Results and Finasteride
After one year of treatment in about 50% of men aged between 20 and 40 there is a cessation of hair loss while the remaining 50% there is some regrowth. Only 1% of cases the treatment is ineffective or even need to stop using it due to side effects of some significance.
Finasteride has been found to be more effective in the frontal area of the head compared to the crown.
Unfortunately, it must be taken into account that the benefits obtained even after a prolonged intake of Finasteride are only maintained by continuing the therapy indefinitely.