How Safe is Propecia?

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How Safe is Propecia DHT Blocker?

Along with Rogaine, Propecia is another top selling DHT blocker used to help reverse the process of balding in men.  It has a key ingredient, finasteride, which prevents regular testosterone from turning into dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  This DHT blocker is used to conquer baldness on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp region of the head.  Although it has helped a great number of men, it is not suitable for everyone and can have dangerous side effects for some.

Precautions with Propecia

One of the major side effects of Propecia is birth defects in women.  Not only is it not recommended that a woman takes it during pregnancy, but should not even touch any broken DHT blocker capsules of this brand.  Whole tablets are safe to handle by a woman since they are well coated to protect her from the main active ingredient, but by handling broken or crushed capsules, the finasteride can be absorbed into the skin, affecting the fetus, unless thoroughly rinsed away immediately.  Accidental exposure may result in breast lumps, pain, nipple discharge, or other changes.  Medical attention is required if any of these symptoms develop.

Men who desire to try the Propecia DHT blocker are advised to notify their personal physician before doing so.  This is especially important if one has an allergic reaction to finasteride or a similar medication, dutasteride (also known as Avodart).  Your doctor must know if you experienced any of the following:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Stricture of the urethra
  • Bladder muscle disorders
  • Prostate cancer
  • Liver disease or irregular liver enzyme tests

Side effects of Propecia

Men ingesting Propecia are at risk of experiencing a number of serious side effects including allergic reactions; hives; or swelling of the throat, tongue, lips, or face.  Less severe symptoms may be:

  • Light-headedness or weakness
  • Headaches
  • Runny nose
  • Testicular pain
  • Declined sex drive, impotence, difficulty ejaculating, or irregular ejaculation
  • Tenderness or swelling in the breasts
  • Skin rash

Still, there is no better way to assess the risks of this DHT blocker than to read reviews on Propecia that others have submitted to the site: (  Here you can find pages of users who’ve found it rather beneficial as well as those who haven’t.  Previous users had suffered additional side effects as:

  • Severe anxiety and panic attacks
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Penile fibrosis and numbness
  • Confusion and noticeable decrease in mental sharpness
  • Misery and depression due to hormonal imbalance

Sexual dysfunctions were common in all those who were negatively affected by Propecia.  Many users found that this drug did way more damage to their bodies and minds than good.  As a resort, most had quit the hair growth program and though they recovered somewhat, their lives were not quite the same.

In conclusion, Propecia is a highly risky drug and should be regarded as a last resort as a way of treating male pattern baldness.  Anyone wanting to grow back their hair must seek natural hair growth alternatives!

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    Hey, Alex is here.I am 24 years old and unfortunately I have been introduced to the hair loss world when I only turned 18. It was a very long and frustrating journey for me especially at that period when I was on propecia (a DHT blocker) for 2 years before I realized that this drug was killing me slowly but surely.I’m clean of this drug for 2-3 years now and have managed to keep all my hair since then without any DHT blocker.Feel free to read my post on the left hand side, in which I tell my whole story about how I’ve managed to keep my hair after the painful struggle I had with the dht blocker, propecia.I hope you find this useful.Best of luck,Alex.