Can Propecia stop hair loss immediately?

To answer this question, we have to go back to the basics of the cycle of hair growth, resting and shedding. When you are born, there are more than one million hair follicles on your head with one-hundred-thousand on the scalp. That's a lot of hair! The number does not change over your lifetime but, as the head grows, the follicles are spread out more. Each hair grows about 6 inches a year but, randomly, the hairs are in different stages. The active period of growth is called anagen where the cells divide and form new growth over a period of between two and six years. The hair then goes into the catagen stage. At any one time, about 3% of all your scalp hair is in a transitional state for about three weeks. The final stage is telogen. About 7% of all your scalp hair rests for about three months. Towards the end of this stage, between 25 and 100 hairs are shed each day.

From this you will understand the problem of an "immediate" halt in any part of this process. We are talking about one-hundred-thousand hairs and 90% of those hairs are growing. To ensure the coverage of the head remains even, the distribution of the 10% that will slowly transition and fall out is entirely random. Thus, when everything is working properly, only a tiny percentage of hair is falling from each part of the scalp on any given day. If you are diagnosed with male pattern baldness, the distribution process has broken down and more hair is lost from particular parts of the scalp, thereby forming the distinctive pattern. The effect of the drug is to move the body's chemistry back in time and trigger the more random process of selecting hairs for the catagen and telogen stages. This is not something that can happen immediately. It takes time to change the body's chemistry. Indeed, if you were to try accelerating the process and took too much of the active ingredients, there would be no change to the process of hair growth and shedding, but there could be quite serious effects on other parts of the body (in animal tests, rats and mice die).

In the clinical trials and all experience following licensing by the FDA, there's no visible reaction for at least three months after starting treatment with Propecia. This is not to say the drug is inactive for the initial period of time. But to warn you there can be significant delays before you see any results. It's not uncommon for there to be no obvious reaction for six months. Some men wait for a year before seeing a change. This is a treatment regime that requires patience. Do not believe any drug or product manufacturer who attempts to persuade you that parting with your money will produce instant results. This is a scam. Propecia works slowly and steadily to reduce the amount of dihydrotestosterone. It's not a scam.

Looking at alopecia areata and Propecia

In theory, this is relatively easy to identify because, as its popular name "spot baldness" suggests, the first stages of the conditions are usually the emergence of distinct bald areas. Since male pattern baldness begins to show a distinctive area of loss, the two conditions should be easy to distinguish. However, since both may be "symptomless", i.e. there are no accompanying indications of cause, men in the right age bracket should pause for a short period to ensure the spots do not grow into the characteristic M shape of the male pattern. So what exactly is alopecia areata?

You are likely to find hair falling out and forming distinct bald patches. The scalp will look and feel quite normal (although a very small number do report occasionally feeling a slight itchiness) and there are no obvious scars or other marks. Over time, the patches can expand and result in a completely bald head. In about 2% of all cases, hair is lost from the entire body. The face can often be made to look strange because, for example, bald patches can appear in a beard or moustache or the hairline forming the eyebrow may become broken during the early or middle stages of the disorder.

When hair is being lost in unpredictable areas on visible parts of the body, this produces difficult choices to preserve appearance. In the early stages, there are periods of loss followed by quite intense periods of regrowth. The timing of each period may vary between a few weeks and several months. It's therefore essential not to panic and rush to have some of the treatments on offer. For example, all suggestions of hair transplants should be resisted at the first signs of loss. If you are going to experience periods of loss and regrowth, paying for transplants could be a complete waste of money as different parts of the head might be affected sequentially. It is worth noting, however, that the regrown hair can be white and may only recover it color later on.

This means alopecia areata is not life threatening but it can make your life miserable. Making this worse is the lack of any consistently effective treatment. For the record, there are no scientifically reliable trials for any treatment and no evidence of success although there's some anecdotal evidence on the successful use of a 308-nm Excimer laser. It will be interesting to see whether these claims are taken as justifying a full clinical trial.

Putting this together, the word to the wise is to wait a short period if hair begins to fall at the front of the scalp. This could be the first signs of the characteristic shape forming or it could be one or more bare patches emerging. Obviously hair loss on areas of the scalp not usually part of the pattern should be ignored. Using Propecia is not going to help. It's not going to cause you any loss of effectiveness to wait a few weeks before beginning Propecia to confirm which variety of loss you have.

History of Levitra

You can now spice up your sex life through the use of the prescription drug Levitra. Also known as Vardenafil, Levitra is marketed by Bayer both in the United States and in Europe and is now one of the most popular drugs recommended for the treatment of impotence in men.

The development of the PDE5 inhibitor was initiated to challenge the Viagra monopoly enjoyed by its manufacturer Pfizer. It is known that this monopoly was enjoyed by Viagra for years since it is the only pharmaceutical company that can sell medication for impotence. It is also no secret that Pfizer literally made billions of dollars from Viagra making that part of the medicine market a very profitable one. Bayer developed the drug to enter this market and get their share of the pie but in order to compete with the groundbreaking drug Viagra, Bayer had to ensure that their product would be distinct and offered more advantages than Pfizer's ED medication. The primary benefit of choosing Vardenafil HCl over the more popular brand is that men can take this particular medication without having to worry about what they ate making the said erectile dysfunction treatment more convenient to use.

After the clinical trials for the drug, Bayer finally got the approval of the Food and Drug Administration in the United States and started marketing the said medication.

The prescription only medication has a half-life of 4 to 5 hours and has the same indications and contraindications as its competitors. According to experts, Vardenafil HCl is closely related to how Viagra or Sildenafil citrate works. Although the differences are minimal, Vardenafil HCl is also known to treat premature ejaculation aside from erectile dysfunction.

Vardenafil HCl is available in a number of dosage forms the smallest being 2.5 mg. Men who are interested in taking the drug should consult with a physician first to get a prescription and they are advised to follow the dosage indicated in the prescription. Like its competitors, the ED drug also has drug interactions and much like all PDE5 inhibitors, the prescription medication should never be taken by men who regularly take nitrates. The combination, according to experts, is potentially dangerous and can cause life-threatening low blood pressure. Aside from this, Levitra is very safe and quite effective. If you are planning to take Levitra however, it is best to consult a physician first.