Can Women Use Propecia to Treat Hair Loss and Does Their Age Matter?August 3rd, 2006
Q: I have early thinning on the top of my scalp and I was told to use Propecia, but I heard that is was only for men. What do you think?
A: Women can’t take Propecia during the child-bearing years because, if ingested, it can cause birth defects in male offspring.
In post-menopausal women, where we see the greatest frequency of hair loss, it doesn’t seem to be effective.
In pre-menopausal women who do not plan to become pregnant or who already have children, we are still cautious about using the medication, since there effectiveness has not been proven and it’s long-term safety in this population has not been tested.Related Posts:
- Is the Dose of Finasteride the Same for Everyone?
- Does Propecia Work in Older Patients?
- Does Propecia Work for Life or Does it Stop Working Over Time?
- Is Propecia and/or Rogaine Mandatory after a Hair Transplant?
- Do Propecia (Finasteride) and Rogaine (Minoxidil) Work on Front of the Scalp?
Topic: Drugs (Medications)
Tags: Early Hair Loss, Female Hair Loss, Hair Loss in Post-Menopausal Women, Hair Loss in Women, Hair Loss Medication, Hair Loss Treatment, Hair Thinning, Medication Side Effects, Propecia (Finasteride), Propecia Long-term Effects, Propecia Side Effects, Safety Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on August 3rd, 2006 at 8:11 am