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How Much Does Propecia Cost and Does It Really Work?

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By Johnny Bevers

 

Before and After Using Propecia

Before and After Using Propecia

Propecia is proving to be an effective treatment in the fight against male pattern baldness, but concerns do still remain over Propecia cost.  Male Pattern Baldness, or Androgenetic alopecia, is a common form of baldness in men with approximately 50 percent experiencing it at some point in their lives, usually once they are past the age of fifty. Many men though, are finding relief from this ailment in the form of Propecia: a hair loss treatment taken in oral form and available with a prescription from your physician. Let’s look at this treatment in a bit more detail to find out more about its price, how it actually works, potential side-effects, what users of the treatment have to say about it and so on.

How Much Does It Cost?

Propecia price is quite a big issue if you choose to take this prescription drug to treat your male pattern baldness. What makes it such an issue is that your physician will, in all likelihood, recommend that you take one, five- mg tablet per day. Now, one pill, if you buy in bulk from your local pharmacy, will cost somewhere between two and three dollars; so, individually the pills don’t cost too much. This, though, can add up over extended periods of time: Over one month you will be spending between sixty and ninety dollars, and over the entire year this will work out as between approximately 700 and 1100 dollars. So Propecia is not a cheap treatment for male pattern baldness, but neither is it prohibitively expensive if hair loss is something that concerns you.

How Propecia Works

There are two primary causes of male pattern baldness. These are your genes (yep, if your Dad started losing his hair when he was young, you probably will too,) and your hormones, in particular the hormone DHT, which your body converts from testosterone. These two factors can cause your hair follicles to shrink and become thinner. Eventually, although the actual follicles do not disappear altogether, they will stop producing hair, resulting in male pattern baldness. Propecia reverses this process by slowing the production of DHT in the body. Less DHT means healthier hair follicles. This can, in turn, allow hair to regrow from your hair follicles, giving thicker hair; or simply stop any further shrinking of the hair follicle, which means that you will experience no further hair loss.

What Are The Side Effects Of Propecia?

Although the side effects of Propecia only occur in approximately two percent of men, they don’t seem particularly nice.  Some men experience a decreased desire for sex and sometimes erectile dysfunction. Others have experienced testicular pain and a swelling and tenderness in their breasts. Other side-effects include a swelling of the hands and feet, dizziness, headaches and rashes. Needless to say, should you experience any of these side-effects then you should contact your doctor and probably discontinue the treatment. Most of these side-effects disappear once the treatment is discontinued e.g. you stop taking the pills. IMPORTANT:  Women SHOULD NOT take Propecia. It is designed for men only and can cause birth defects in pregnant women. In fact, women should not even handle the pills.

Think carefully, and consult your physician, before taking any treatment to cure male pattern baldness and be sure that the benefits of the treatment will out-weigh any potential side-effects.

Will Hair Fall Out If You Stop Taking Propecia?

Unfortunately, in a nutshell, yes! Propecia needs to be taken every day for as long as you wish to see the benefits. As soon as you stop taking Propecia then your body will begin producing the same amount of DHT once more and this means that the hair follicles will once again begin to shrink and hair loss will continue at the same rate as before you began taking Propecia. It’s a long-term treatment and one you will have to continue everyday for your entire life to experience the benefits. This is also why, as touched on above, you should carefully consider the financial outlay required for this drug. If, for example, you start taking it at forty years old and only stop at eighty years old, then you will be spending between approximately 28,000 and 44,000 dollars; you could buy a lot of hats for that kind of money!

Is There A Generic Version Of Propecia?

Propecia is a brand name and is produced by Merck, a leading pharmaceutical company. The actual drug in Propecia is Finasteride, a synthetic drug that is also used for the treatment of prostate cancer.  Generic Finasteride is commonly available from high-street pharmacies and is considerably cheaper, approximately one dollar per pill. Generic drugs are usually as safe to take and as effective as their brand name counterparts, and so using a generic version may result in considerable savings. Talk to your physician about generic versions of Propecia. He may recommend a generic version as a cheaper long-term treatment.

Where To Buy Propecia

Propecia is available from most branches of popular high street pharmacies such as Costco and Walgreens. In addition, you could, if you choose, venture online where savings can be made. However, when doing this, it is advisable to use a reputable site such as those run by companies such as Walmart, Target or the two popular stores mentioned previously.

Some online pharmacies may offer you the ability to purchase Propecia, or its generic version, Finasteride, without a prescription. Be wary of these sites, as the quality of drugs from online stores such as these may not meet FDA standards.

Reviews – What Propecia Users Had To Say

Generally, consumer reviews of Propcia are positive. For example, “Once my hair started thinning when I was 28 years old, I started Propecia. I have had great results with the medication.” Another user claims, “I’m a 40 yr. old male who has now taken this medication for a year. The result is approx. 30% more hair in the effected (sic) area” and yet another user claims, “I have taken Propecia for 10 years-has slowed the loss of hair dramatically.” There is, however, considerable concern with the cost. Consumers say, “The only major drawback to this medication is the price…,” “Overall, I’m very happy with Propecia. I wish I could find it a little cheaper. It’s expensive!” and, “I skip the pill every other day to save on the cost. It’s very expensive. This concern with cost may be negated somewhat by using the generic version though.

The less common, negative reviews though, are alarming. For example, “it killed my sex drive and made it impossible for me to get an erection” and, “my libido is practically non-existent.”

Propecia Summed Up

So is this the hair loss treatment for you? Well maybe it is, yes. It does seem to work, and quite effectively. However, the two major concerns are cost and side-effects. If male pattern baldness is a big issue for you, then maybe the first of these two concerns isn’t so important; the second, however, should be. Talk to your physician at length before undergoing the treatment. Even a two percent chance of experiencing side-effects may be two percent too much.

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