Possible health concernsThe UC Berkeley Wellness Letter in March 2003 states they donít recommend Propecia "because its long-term safety is unknown. This is disquieting, since young men are the prime candidates, and the drug has to be taken for a lifetime. If you do decide to take it, you should know that although the standard dose is one milligram, there is some evidence that one-fifth that amount also works. If you cut the pill into quarters, you will save money."
While they point out Propecia must be taken for a lifetime to avoid losing hair, it should be counterpointed that future treatments are widely expected by baldness specialists to replace Propecia, which would end the need for continued use. Additionally, Propecia is widely considered safe enough to prescribe by health professionals, and is one of the only two FDA-approved baldness treatment products on the market.
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Propecia's effects in detail