President Trump’s hair has recently been a very popular topic and has been debated by many. His physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, revealed that the President was using a drug that prevented hair loss, namely Propecia. This was followed by many debates on the drug.
For many years, Propecia has been a very popular drug used to prevent male pattern baldness. However, this drug causes side effects and Merck, the manufacturers, had to face some lawsuits over time because of these side effects. In spite of this, physicians recommend this drug as effective in controlling hair loss among men.
Propecia is prescribed only for men and not for women and children. It contains a low dose of finasteride, which is known as a testosterone hormone inhibitor. The medicine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an effective means to combat male baldness.
What finasteride does it to prevent the breaking of the testosterone hormone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This byproduct is well-known to be responsible for the pattern baldness in men. A regular use of finasteride can affect the levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA).
This would explain the low levels of PSA found in President Trump’s medical records. These levels are usually indicative of an enlarged prostate. His physician informed that the President also took antibiotics for a skin condition called rosacea and drugs that regulated his cholesterol levels.
When the FDA approved the drug, they also provided some information on it. It appears that men who take finasteride have on average 107 more hairs per square inch after using the drug for a year and 277 more hairs per square inch after using it for five years.
However, a report issued by Washington Post informs that several lawsuits are filed against Merck, the company that commercializes Propecia. The patients reported many sexual side effects that they had associated with the drug. The lawsuits would analyze if the pharmaceutical company has anything to do with the side effects that the drug causes.
We don’t know who is to blame, but the statistics show that from 3.4 percent to 15.8 percent of men who use Propecia experience erectile dysfunctions and a decreased libido. Also, many of them reported cases of depression. Thus, you may want to think twice before deciding you need a drug to prevent your hair loss.
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