What is the Success Rate of Propecia? | Hair Loss & Hair Transplant Surgery Guide

You can hear all the in and outs of Propecia but the question on many men's mind is will it work? Is it a miracle drug that will stop my hair falling out and cover my head in hair? Well, Propecia is very successful but it does not have a 100% success rate.

There have been lots of studies into the success rate of the drug and one study shows that 83% of men taking propecia did not experience any more hair loss since the start of the prescription. Furthermore, 66% of the men noticed that they had regrowth.

Another study showed that when compared to men who were not taking Propecia, men using the drug did not experience hair loss and had hair regrowth within the first year. Men who did not use propecia continued to lose their hair. After five years of treatment with propecia, 48% of men had increased hair growth, 42% experienced no change and a small 10% experienced hair loss. This is quite a success when you compare it to the 75% of men not taking the drug who experience hair loss.

Propecia is a drug that you have to be patient with as it can take three months to notice any change and in some cases up to a year before hair loss is prevented and hair regrowth initiated. Some men experience hair regrowth whereas in others it is just hair loss that is dealt with. Propecia does not work for every man and the chances are that if you have been using the drug for a year and seen no change, then it is unlikely to be an effective treatment for you. However, if you are experiencing the desired effects, then in order to maintain them, you will have to use Propecia in the long term as once you stop using it, your hair loss will return to its original state before you started treatment after 12 months. It has also been found that Propecia is not as effective for older men as it is for younger men.

Are there any drug interactions that will alter the success rate?

In the cases of many medications, if you are taking more than one type of medication, one medication can affect the other and stop them from working efficiently. A number of drug interactions have been studied in relation to Propecia and so far, there have been no significant drug interactions between other medications and Propecia. Although there have been no significant findings, its important to understand that this does not mean that there are no interactions at all. Therefore, there may be some interactions between Propecia and other drugs so it is important that you tell your doctor if you are on any other type of medication. It is also important to consult your doctor before starting a new medication if you are on Propecia.

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