The drug finasteride goes by the trade name of Proscar and Propecia and both are manufactured by Merck & Co. At first, finasteride generic (Proscar) was released for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, which is basically an enlargement of the prostate. The dosage for this is 5mg of finasteride. The drug needs to be taken continuously and results can only be seen after several months of continuous use. It was during this time that men who had enlarge prostate as well as male pattern baldness found out that the medication somehow stopped the progression of their hair loss. There were numerous patients who also experienced the same thing and so the manufacturer decided to do some clinical testing on it. Later, it was found that at much lower dosage than the current 5mg, could finasteride 1mg generic be used to combat male pattern baldness.
During a 5-year clinical study of men who had male pattern baldness with only mild to moderate form of hair loss, more than half of those who participated experienced some hair growth while the remaining subjects experienced no further loss of hair. This further proved that the finasteride 1mg generic really works in treating male pattern baldness. To further enhance the test, they also coordinated another group who were using only placebo as their control group. Test shows that the placebo group was still experiencing loss of hair after that 5-year study while the treatment group showed promising results.
The thing about finasteride 1mg generic in order to be effective is that it needs to be continuously taken. Whatever it is that you have gained back in 5 years from taking the drug can be lost in a span of only a year after ceasing therapy. Further study of finasteride reveals that it works on both the hairline area and the crown area, but is mostly effective on the crown area.
What makes finasteride 1mg generic very effective in the fight against androgenic alopecia is that it works its treatment at the hormonal level – the root of the cause – and not just the point where hair loss occurs. Androgenic alopecia is genetically inherited which is why men who have an immediate family member suffering from this condition may also someday pattern baldness himself. However, in order for male pattern baldness to occur, you need both the genetic factor and the high levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This DHT is a byproduct of testosterone and 5-alpha reductase enzyme. Finasteride 1mg generic works by inhibiting the 5-alpha reductase from transforming the hormone testosterone into DHT.
The finasteride 1mg generic is not exactly what you can call an expensive drug. But, since the drug needs to be used throughout, only then does it sound to be an investment. Some people, in order to save money, purchase the 5mg dosage which is made for benign prostatic hyperplasia. They then just divide the pill into four pieces to yield 1.25mg of the drug. The finasteride 1mg generic for hair loss is 1mg which means that it is an effective way to save on money. However, this method is not advisable if there are women, particularly pregnant women, breastfeeding women, or women who are of pregnancy age because this drug, even small concentrations, is deemed bad for babies and fetuses.