Propecia (finasteride) is the same drug used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), although the brand name for BPH treatment is Proscar. Men who take finasteride for male pattern baldness are prescribed a 1-mg dose, while men with BPH are typically given a prescription for 5 mg. Regardless of the dosage, finasteride is associated with side effects. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings regarding finasteride and ordered the drug makers to put labels on their products regarding the sexual side effects associated with use of the drug. Therefore, if you take Propecia (finasteride) for male pattern baldness, you should know there is a chance you will experience libido disorders, ejaculation problems, organism problems, erectile dysfunction, male infertility, and/or poor quality sperm. The rest of the bad news is that these side effects—except for the last two–do not resolve after you stop taking finasteride.
Should I Try Propecia (finasteride) for Baldness?
Dr. Geo is the Director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center and the Chief Science Officer at Prostate Research Labs. Before joining NYU, Dr. Geo was a clinician, researcher and director of clinical trials at the Center for Holistic Urology at Columbia University Medical Center. He is a licensed naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Registered Herbalist. Dr. Geo is an author of the naturopathic entry in 1000 Cures for 200 ailments, by Harper Collins; March 2007 and “Prostate Cancer – Nutrients that may slow its progression,” Food and Nutrients in Disease Management – Maryland: Cadmus Publishing, 2009. He also serves on the editorial board of the Natural Medicine Journal.
Dr Geo is a frequent speaker at universities, medical schools and conferences on Integrative Health, nutrition and natural treatments for prostate disease. More on Dr. Geo