There are two naturally occurring physical conditions that men would not want to have – erectile dysfunction and male pattern baldness. These days, men with erectile dysfunction have a treatment for their condition. However, for men who are suffering from baldness, they either need to undertake hair implant procedure or take medications that slowly help in stopping the progression of their hair loss. One medication that rings true when it comes to the halting of the progression of hair loss is finasteride 1mg.
Finasteride 1mg actually did not start as a treatment for hair loss. In fact, it started at first as a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or the abnormal enlargement of the prostate. However, during the clinical experiment of the drug finasteride with men who have BPH, those who participated that also suffered from androgenic alopecia noticed a certain side effect – the drug also happened to stop the progression of any loss of hair. The manufacturer of the drug took notice and began some study on that certain side effect of the drug they have. It was then that they learned that it takes only finasteride 1mg, a fifth of the normal dosage, for it to become effective in treating male pattern baldness.
The main reason why finasteride 1mg is very effective in treating androgenic alopecia is that it treats the condition at the hormonal level and not just on the exterior level. Most drug that claims to treat hair loss do not actually treat the condition at the root cause unlike finasteride 1mg.
It is normal for the body to have dihydrotestosterone, but at high levels this dihydrotestosterone actually thins out the hair follicles until they can no longer support the growth of hair. Dihydrotestosterone is actually a byproduct of the hormone testosterone and the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. What finasteride 1mg does is that it inhibits the 5-alpha reductase from converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, thus, preventing the further progression of hair loss. However, this is not a failsafe treatment because the person who has male pattern baldness must continuously take finasteride 1mg in order to prevent the condition from coming back.
Normally, it takes around 3-6 months of continuous usage of finasteride 1mg before any noticeable changes are seen. Further continuous usage may show hairline improvement because some of the hair follicles that have recently been thinned out by the dihydrotestosterone are recovering and are now showing new signs of hair growth. Many years of usage will likely result in the recovery of great amounts of hair line.
If you are using finasteride 1mg and suddenly stops using it for more than 3 months, all the hair growth that you have recovered will be lost in nearly an instant. In fact, the hair loss will not happen gradually as it did when you first had the androgenic alopecia condition. This time, it is said that your hair loss will continue to the point where you started using finasteride 1mg. This is why experts recommend that you don’t stop using finasteride 1mg when you start using it. Otherwise, all the money and time you spent in using the drug will be lost.