Propecia is a prescription medication designed to treat male pattern hair loss. It should never be taken by women or children and should not be ingested by men that are allegoric to finasteride or any of the other ingredients.
What is male pattern hair loss?
Male pattern hair loss (MPHL) is a progressive condition that affects about 50 percent of men by the age 40. MPHL can start as early as the teen years and, if untreated, can get worse over time. Men with male pattern hair loss have visible loss of hair at the top of the head and/or a receding hairline.
How does Propecia work?
Propecia works by blocking the development of DHT, a key factor in male pattern hair loss. By blocking the formation of DHT, the hair follicles no longer shrink, preventing additional hair loss. Propecia has been approved to treat hair loss at the top of the head and the mid-scalp area.
What are the risks of taking Propecia?
As with any pill, Propecia has been linked to an increase in the development of certain side effects. Some of the most common side effects associated with Propecia use are sexual side effects, including:
- Decreased desire to have sex
- Difficulty achieving an erection
- Decrease in semen production
Other possible side effects include:
- Allergic reaction
- Male breast cancer
Propecia and Gynecomastia
Some men have reported to have tenderness and swelling in their breast tissue after taking Propecia. The condition, gynecomastia, can cause pain, swelling and/or discharge in one or both breasts. This condition may go away on its own after discontinuing Propecia, but in some cases, patients may require treatment such as medications and/or surgery.
Help for Propecia patients diagnosed with Gynecomastia
If you have been diagnosed with gynecomastia and have a history of taking Propecia or other medications, you may be eligible for legal help. Compensation recovered in a gynecomastia lawsuit may help you pay for treatments such as a mastectomy or liposuction. To learn more about the effects of Propecia or to speak with an attorney about your legal options, contact us today.