Propecia is a medication from the 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor class and as such it is used in the treatment of male pattern baldness. When used for longer periods of time, it results in evident reduction in hair loss, regrowth of hair and significant increase in the number of hairs on the scalp. It is therefore a medication which is used for the treatment of a condition that is not life-threatening and which will not result in symptoms that will endanger your life or anything like that. It is due to this fact that it is used for a basically cosmetic condition that people want to know as much as possible about the possibility of any adverse effects occurring as a result of taking Propecia. It is justified to experience certain adverse effects if that medication is going to save your life, but in this case, people wish to know exactly what they might expect.
Propecia does not produce any significant side effects that you might have learned about checking out side effects of other medications. Most medications have a huge list of potential mild side effects which occur in a certain percentage of people. However, Propecia only has a few listed and these include impotence, abnormal ejaculations, decreased amount of ejaculate, abnormal sexual function, gynecomastia, erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorder and pain in the testicles. These side effects are not that common and except for impotence, they occur in less than 8% of men who use Propecia. In most of the cases, also, the discontinuation of the medication gets rid of these side effects.
There has also been much talk about the association between the use of Propecia and prostatic cancer. Namely, there have been people who suggested that the use of Propecia can increase the chances of developing prostatic cancer. In fact, the only reason why this might occur is due to the fact that the use of this medication might mask the emergence of the tumours in their initial stage, making it more difficult to diagnose them. This can cause a delay in discovery of the cancer and more difficulties in treating it. Because of this, men who take Propecia are usually advised to come in for regular checkups. Furthermore, there have also been studies which show that Propecia in fact reduces the chances of developing prostatic cancer.
There have also been reports from men who claim that the use of Propecia has caused erectile dysfunction that refuses to go away even when they stopped the use of this medication. MHRA has received a few reports of such kind. However, it is still not established whether there is a clear link between the use of Propecia and ED in such cases. In addition to this, some people have raised concerns that the use of Propecia may also increase the chances of male breast cancer. It was MHRA that researched the incidents of male breast cancer and whether they are associated with the use of Propecia. They have concluded that the use of Propecia does not significantly increase the chances of male breast cancer, but that further research is necessary to completely exclude the higher risk of male breast cancer.
Finally, it should also be said that women should never use this medication, especially if they are pregnant. The reason for this is that Propecia can cause birth defects if used by pregnant women. In fact, women who are pregnant should not even handle the tablets if they are damaged in any way, as the active ingredient can be absorbed via skin. It was found that Propecia can pass into semen, but the amount of the active ingredient that comes into contact with the female body in that way is not clinically significant or poses any risk.