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How To Buy Propecia With Discount
The generic name for Propecia is finasteride. It was first developed and approved in 1992 for the treatment of an enlarged prostate gland or benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). Propecia works by blocking an enzyme responsible for the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In lower doses Propecia successfully treats a condition called androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness. Currently Propecia is a 1 milligram tablet that is marketed by Merek to treat male pattern baldness.
In a five-year study of men with male pattern baldness the results of Propecia use were significant. Almost 50% of men using Propecia experienced some hair regrowth. Propecia also arrested the hair loss of an additional 42% of the men in the treatment group. The men in the treatment group consistently kept more of their hair than those in the control group over the five years but within six to twelve months of stopping the Propecia the hair loss resumed.
The most common side effects of Propecia include gynecomastia or breast enlargement and erectile dysfunction. These usually resolve when the drug is stopped but the product contains a warning about the possibility of persistence. Metabolized by the liver, Propecia should not be taken by anyone with liver disease. The most serious side effect is in pregnant women who come in contact with the drug. DHT is important for the development of the genitals in male fetuses. Since Propecia can be absorbed through the skin, any contact with the drug is dangerous for pregnant women.
Another drug made by Merek, Proscar, is 5 milligrams of finasteride. Some patients will obtain Proscar, dividing the tablets to reduce the cost of the medication. This is not recommended due to the serious side effects that are more likely at higher doses and the risk to pregnant women who may come in contact with the powder from the divided tablets.
Ordering Propecia Online
Propecia can be ordered online in both one and 5 milligrams strengths. While several sites claim that medications are available without a prescription most, even those that originate outside the United States require a prescription for ordering Propecia. Several of the sites offer an online physician consultation for a cost of $35 in addition to the cost of the medications. The prescription is for a three-month supply (90 tablets) and a follow up consultation at a reduced rate, usually about $20 will be needed to refill the prescription. Other online pharmacies offer refills for a year without follow up.
Price comparison when shopping for any medication is in the consumer's best interest and this is especially true for Propecia. The variation in price can be more than ten fold from as low as 33 cents per tablet to $4 a tablet depending on the quantity and your need for a consultation for a prescription. One also needs to take care if considering a generic prescription. In the United States the generic simply has to show 80% of the bioavailability of the trade name medication. Buying a generic from outside this country you may not have any guarantee of strength.
Propecia (finasteride) has been shown to prevent the development of male pattern baldness by arresting hair loss and increasing hair re-growth in the majority of men who take it. It must be taken regularly and the effects will be lost if the medication is stopped. While there can be side effects, they are rare. Pregnant women should not come in contact with the medication. Propecia is available online with a prescription at a reduced price, along with the convenience of delivery to your front door.