A lot of people often confuse Finasteride and Propecia. Actually, they usually are not really sure what the difference is between these two drugs. Well, there really is no difference. Finasteride is the active ingredient that is found in Propecia, and Propecia is a commercially available and quite popular drug that is used by men who are looking for a solution for their thinning hair. Finasteride is also the active ingredient that is found in another drug that is used to decrease the size of the prostate.
Essentially, the drug Finasteride works to decrease the amounts of DHT in a man’s body. DHT is the hormone responsible for hair falling out and for enlarged prostate glands. However, Propecia is a word and name that people are much more familiar with, but essentially, Finasteride is the same thing, Propecia is just the name under which this drug is sold commercially.
No matter what you call it, this drugs needs to be taken with a prescription. There is tons of generic Finasteride out there, especially from online stores that sell the drug for cheaper. However, you really should not by these generic versions, because they might not be safe. Even though they are said to be exactly like Finasteride, they have not been clinically tested. Also, when you are going out on your own and buying generic Finasteride, you are not having the advantage of a doctor first checking you out and then recommending what dosage you need to take. If you are taking other medications with Finasteride, or you have preexisting medical conditions, all of this can have a negative effect on you, and that is why Finasteride is a prescription drug. It is safest when prescribed by a doctor, because that means that a doctor has determined that it is safe for you to take the drug.
Finasteride in the form of Propecia is used by men who are losing their hair. This, of course, is a problem that will affect just about every man soon or later, and there really is no cure for it. Finasteride is not a cure for balding, but it can help. According to most studies, about 50 percent of men who use Propecia will see improvements. However, it does not work for many. It is also a drug that needs a significant amount of time to work. Usually, you will need to be taking the drug for at least three months in order to see some changes. Usually, you should see some hair beginning to re-grow after a half a year. That is, of course, if this drug does work for you. There are some people who take Finasteride for a year and do not see any changes. That is possible, unfortunately, but since there is no real guaranteed cure for male pattern balding, men will continue to give Finasteride shot.