Finasteride is the generic name for the brand name Propecia. It is a hair loss treatment medication that is administered orally. Finasteride 1mg is by far the only treatment for male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the U.S. Although finasteride 1mg has been in use for many years now, the truth is that the drug was not exactly intended for hair treatment at first. Finasteride 1mg was initially a medication used for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia or abnormal enlargement of the prostate gland in males. However, it was discovered that at low doses, it is able to treat androgenic alopecia.
Since finasteride 1mg has been widely used for several years now and by more than a million men suffering from male pattern baldness, it has proven to be very effective and safe in the treatment of pattern baldness in men of different age groups, race, and ethnicity. Finasteride 1mg can be used alone or in tandem with minoxidil, a drug that promotes hair growth.
The main effects of finasteride 1mg are the slowing or stopping of pattern baldness as well as the stimulation of new hair growth. This actually is ideal for men who are in their early stages PB of up to a moderate degree. Men with a more extensive degree of hair may prevent further hair loss, but will unlikely recover the severity of their hair loss with new hair growth. Men who fail to make early intervention with their androgenic alopecia, such those with extensive hair losses, are best to resort to surgical hair restoration.
Over the several years of study in the use of finasteride 1mg, it has been found that finasteride works best in stimulating regrowth of hair around the crown area of the scalp. It is however least effective (when compared with its effect to the crown) when it comes to stimulating hair growth on the front, near the temple and forehead. Dermatologists often prescribe finasteride 1mg to stop the progression of hair loss or the further receding of hairline.
What makes finasteride 1mg very effective in stopping hair loss cause by androgenic alopecia is that it stops it at a molecular level. Basically, men who suffer from male pattern baldness have high levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in their scalp. What finasteride 1mg does is that it prevents the creation of this DHT. DHT is actually a byproduct of testosterone when synthesized with enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. What finasteride 1mg does is that it inhibits the 5-alpha-reductase (hence the inhibitor suffix) so that the levels of DHT in the body, particularly in the scalp is reduced.
What DHT does in the scalp is that it shrinks the sizes of the hair follicles until they can no longer support hair growth. Although this does not happen overnight, it happens in a span of several years. It means that even if you do not notice any type of hair loss now, it does not necessarily mean you have not yet been hit by androgenic alopecia. However, through the use of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor, more specifically finasteride 1mg, you stop the hair loss at the root of the cause. This makes finasteride the true hair loss treatment for androgenic alopecia.