Propecia Hair Loss Pill Prostate Cancer
Propecia hair loss pill and prostate cancer screening: important considerations for anyone taking this medication for male pattern baldness. Propecia is the brand name medication that doctors commonly prescribe for male patients experiencing hair loss. The active ingredient in Propecia is 1 mg finasteride. This tiny blue pill is also available in 5 mg dose marketed under the brand name Proscar for the treatment of benign prostate enlargement.
Finasteride is a type II 5-alpha reductase (5AR) inhibitor. Scientists believe that by inhibiting the production of 5AR in our bodies, it can also minimize the production of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). Many believe that DHT is one of the main culprits causing male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia.
Propecia Hair Loss Pill Prostate Cancer Screening
While Propecia or finasteride has helped many men with their hair loss problems, as with any other medications, there are potential side effects or health issues that one must discuss thoroughly with their doctors before using this medication.
One of the issues associated with Propecia or Proscar is prostate cancer screening. Doctors normally administer prostate cancer screening by using a blood test that monitors PSA level. High PSA level may suggest the possibility of prostate cancer. Because Finasteride (active ingredient in Propecia and Proscar) can lower PSA levels in the blood stream, it may create a false negative in the patient's blood exam results. In other words, there is a possibility that Finasteride pills may render traditional PSA blood exams less reliable for early prostate cancer detection.
PSA Test - Prostate Cancer Screening
Many doctors consider PSA levels of 4.0 ng/mL and lower as normal. Generally speaking, most doctors would not recommend their patients to go for prostate biopsy if their PSA result is below 4.0.
However, since medications such as Finasteride can affect the level of PSA in our blood stream, it is very important that Finasteride users urge their doctors to take this into consideration when reviewing their PSA level or going in for prostate examination.
One possible consideration is to monitor your PSA score before you start using Finasteride. This way you can assess how big an impact Finasteride has on your PSA score and take that into account accordingly. To accomplish this, you will need to take your PSA score before you start using Finasteride otherwise there is no way of facilitating a meaningful comparison.
For those who have been on Finasteride for some time already, you may want to monitor your PSA score closely on a regular basis. Be on the alert for any sudden spike in PSA level even if it is within the normal range. Keep in mind that Finasteride may artificially lower your PSA score so it is more important to monitor sudden spike rather than relying on the normal range as your gauge.
Please do not consider anything mentioned here as medical advice. This is strictly an account of the comments in our forum community. Consult your doctor for proper advice and evaluation.
Of course, Finasteride is not the only option available for hair loss. If you are seriously concerned about potential side effects associated with medications, there are other options such as topical hair growth products, laser, hair system as well as hair restoration procedures such as FUE.
It is important that you discuss with as many doctors and specialists as possible before making a decision about pills, medications or hair surgery.
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