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An in-depth look at Propecia, the newest hair loss treatment available for men. Pictures of results, info on side effects, and more.  With an 83% success rate at ending baldness, people are starting to talk!  Please read this page thoroughly before you decide to buy Propecia.

What's all the Hub-bub about?
If someone were to tell you that you had an 83% chance of keeping all the hair you currently have today by taking one pill one time a day, would you do it?   With a Prop (finasteride) prescription, it's not only a possibility, it's becoming a reality for hundreds of thousands of men.  

Rather than fill your brain with all the medical jargon, we are going to give you in layman's terms exactly how this treatment works, how well it works, what its side effects are, and where you can buy it.

The Study

Merck conducted a two year clinical trial, in which 1,553 men ages 18 to 41 with mild to moderate thinning / balding at the top of the head took this treatment daily. At the 2 year mark, 83% of them had maintained their hair (based on hair count) and 66% of them had experienced regrowth. A side assessment by the doctors in the study rated 80% of men as improved, at the end of the period.

Complete Documentation on the 2 Year Trials

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Propecia 2 Year Trials


Merck also had its trial patients use an anti-inflammatory shampoo called T-Gel during the 2 year trials.  This was to eliminate any development of Seborrheaic Dermatitis, an itching and flaking of the skin.  This is a very common occurrence in men experiencing balding, and can very much ruin the chances of any treatment's success.  Nizoral has been shown to be even more effective and is available in your grocery store shampoo section.  For studies related to Nizoral, you can visit our Document Resource Center and look in the "Nizoral Related" section by clicking HERE.

Other shampoo's like Tricomin work extremely well in helping the scalp stay in balance. 

The molecular structure of Finasteride

What does this mean for you?

So how does all of this relate to your situation.  Well, let's look at what Finasteride, its active ingredient, does.  

As we have established, DHT plays a major role in why you're losing your hair.  

This hair loss treatments claim to fame is enabling you to maintain your current hair count.  

It is not typically used by itself as a hair growth stimulant, however 66% did see regrowth using it.

When a man starts to undergo the process of losing his hair, he already has DHT in his system.  It has enabled him to successfully develop as a fetus, and to successfully get through puberty.  The change that occurs is that certain follicles on the head are genetically programmed to begin developing DHT receptor sites.  The DHT attaches itself to these receptor sites and begin to treat the follicle as a foreign object in the body.  It is at this point that the sebum production can tend to increase, and Seborrheaic Dermatitis can develop, manifesting itself as itching, flaking, redness, and inflammation.  This is why Nizoral is such an imperative part of your regimen.  It controls this aspect of the problem.  During this time the follicle, under the attack of DHT, begins to miniaturize with every growth cycle, until after several years, it simply is too small and short to be seen.  Propecia deals with this whole process by reducing the development of DHT in the system, which in turn means less DHT attaching to the receptor sites in the follicles, which in turn means less inflammation, itching, and miniaturization, which in turn results in a reduced rate of hair loss.


Caution!  I cannot stress this enough - it may be very tempting to start dumping things on your head and popping pills to stop your balding.  

It is strongly suggested that you try one treatment at a time because the minute you start a regimen, you will be on it for the rest of your life.  

If you can have good results with Prop alone, then you've saved yourself a *lot* of time and money.  

If not, you can always add things one by one.

Percentage of men who maintained or increased their hair count.
Percentage of men who had visible hair regrowth, as determined by an independent panel of dermatologists
Percentage of men rated as improved by clinical doctors

It really all depends on what your goal is.  Some of you may be young and just starting to notice fallout.  Do you want to arrest that fallout?  Then this treatment may be for you.  Do you want to regrow hair?  Then combining it with another treatment such as Minoxidil may be your best bet.  Giving it a good 6 months of daily use is a smart idea.  As stated before, Minoxidil and Propecia together are one of the most potent hair loss and balding regimen's available today.

Want proof?  Just take a look at Jon Ross's pictures:

Before Prop & Minoxidil

After Prop & Minoxidil

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You can also view his full Bio here: Jon Ross


What about Side Effects?


Before we go screaming ahead - let's look again at what exactly happens when you take Finasteride.  Simply put, it blocks the formation of DHT.  DHT is in your blood, and in your scalp.  Some treatments try to block DHT in the scalp via a Topical application (Revivogen, Tricomin, etc.).  Propecia blocks the formation of DHT in your blood, which in turn, over time, affects the DHT levels in your scalp.  Testosterone and another hormone known as 5-Alpha Reductase combine to create DHT.  What does all this mean?  It means if you stop the two from binding, you're going to have a little extra Testosterone floating around in your system.  Specifically about 9% more.

This means that at first, you may experience small temporary changes such as oily skin, zits, and a slightly increased sex drive.  Some have even reported better results in their muscle development after working out.  On the downside, some men experience decreased libido up front, or after the temporary increase in libido due to the extra Testosterone. Your body tries to adjust to the changes going on, so there are fluctuations, however after a few weeks you should level out again. Typically, only some men experience about a week or two of slightly lowered libido.

NOTE! Propecia does NOT cause Impotence!

Lowered Libido is very different from impotence. Softer erections have been reported but this happened in about 2% of men.  Those who experienced it simply end up thinking about sex *less* often for a period of time.  There have been no reports of men being unable to function sexually, however.  This is a common misconception about this hair loss treatment.

First Steps...

So what do you do in light of this?  For most men, side effects are not even an issue, but how can you be sure....?

Helpful Hint

Go to your doctor or dermatologist.  Ask them for a 15 day trial pack.  They come in silver sheets like the ones pictured to the right and are FREE. Nearly every dermatologist will have some there for you.  Take the treatment for 15 days.  If you see side effects that you feel are unbearable, then just simply stop the treatment. Most places you can buy propecia will have these.

Nearly every man who experienced side effects said that they were so mild, they never considered stopping.

What?  I'm going to lose more?


One thing to note is that you may experience a "shedding" period during the first three months of treatment.  This can be extremely maddening, but it is a sign that the treatment is working.  One man said he shed for almost 3 months.  Then, like a charm, the whole thing stopped.  He saw 75 new hairs sprout along his hair line and his hair thickened right back up to where it was when he first started, only to stay that way for many many months down the road.  This seems to be a common occurrence.

When Finasteride enters your system, it immediately stops the formation of DHT.  The follicles being affected by DHT in any fashion seem to fall out slowly, and as they begin to recycle again into stronger follicles, they grow back.  Don't lose hope, this is normal!

Propecia and the Front-Top of the Head

The following photos show a subset of the results across each different type of responsiveness for those who were losing hair in the Anterior Mid-Scalp region.  These photos were taken from the actual 2 year Propecia FDA conducted trials.  To view the actual study regarding frontal hair loss and Propecia, check it out in the document resource center in the "Propecia Related" section by clicking HERE.

RESULTS (Month 24) Start of Treatment Month 6 Month 24

4% of men on PROPECIA
had moderate improvement

38% had
slight improvement

53% had
no visible hair loss

The following numbers represent an assessment on a visual level only, by certified dermatologists after patients had been on Propecia for 1 year and 2 years.  Please do not confuse these with actual hair counts, which showed 66% improvement and 83% stoppage of hair loss at 2 years.

In global photographic assessment at 12 Months:

4% showed moderate improvement
34% showed slight improvement
62% showed a stoppage of hair loss
1% showed continued hair loss

In global photographic assessment at 24 Months:

42% showed slight or moderate improvement
53% showed a stoppage of hair loss
5% showed continued hair loss


Propecia and the Top-Back of the Head


The following photos show a subset of the results across each different type of responsiveness for those who were losing hair in the Vertex region.  These photos were taken from the actual 2 year Propecia FDA conducted trials.

RESULTS (Month 24) Start of Treatment Month 6 Month 24

5% of men on PROPECIA had great improvement

31% had moderate improvement

30% had slight improvement


Effectiveness of Propecia Effectiveness of Placebo
66% showed improvement
33% no visible hair loss
1% visible hair loss
7% showed improvement
60% no visible hair loss
33% visible hair loss

Expected Timeline

What should you expect upon taking that first pill?  Below is an example of a *worst case* scenario.  As stated above most men never experience any of these side effects.  Here's the good and the bad, in a nice convenient timeline:

  • Week 1-2:  Possible increased sex drive, slightly oily skin, possible light zits, increased shedding (normal!)

  • Week 3-5:  4% of men may experience a slight decrease in sex drive

  • Week 6-?:  Side effects dissipate, possible continued shedding until month 3 or 4

This is of course assuming you experience any in the first place.  It is entirely dependant upon the person.

  • Month 3 or 4:  Good Responders - You may see a stoppage in shedding
    Slow Responders - Give it 6 months to a year.

  • Month 6 or 8:  Good Responders - You may see additional regrowth.
    Slow Responders - may take up to a year or may not see regrowth at all, just maintenance of hair count.

NOTE:  Treatment takes time.  It may be up to 12 months before you see a stoppage of balding, let alone regrowth, so stick with it.  If after 1 year of treatment you do not see any such results, it is unlikely to be effective for you.






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