By Bruce Weinberg
Good news for men suffering from alopecia is that the drug Propecia in Japan is readily available at plastic surgeon and dermatology clinics as well as hair loss treatment centers, and easily prescribed by general practitioners. Your daily regimen can remain the same, and the costs are comparable to that in the U.S. At one such clinic you could pay 9000 yen for the brand name or opt for generic finasteride for 5300 yen. That’s somewhere between $50 to $90 bucks. Often this comes with a free consultation and follow-up visit. Also interesting, is that Japanese men often do better with this drug according to a five year clinical study that cited greater efficacy than for Caucasian men.
So what is Propecia?
As mentioned, Propecia is the brand name for finasteride. The active ingredient of the drug prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body.
Important to remember is that treatment (about 1mg to 1.25 mg daily) claims to provide about 30% improvement after six months; while it’s effectiveness continues as long as you continue to use the drug.
Be careful about the side effects.
There are risks that may accompany Propecia which everyone must know about. Emergency medical help may be needed if you have allergic reactions such as hives or any swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat. Also, contact your physician immediately if you notice any breast lumps or pain. These may be signs of of a more serious condition.
Other than that, lesser side effects can include:
- Loss of interest in sex
- Abnormal ejaculation
- Swelling in your hands or feet
- Runny nose
- Skin rash
Hair we are.
All in all, Propecia in Japan for hair loss is widely available, so a visit to a physician or clinic of your choice is all you need. Try to keep your stress down, and know that your concerns about your hair can be addressed. HealthyTokyo Premium Members can consult with the concierge and book an appointment with an appropriate clinic.
Note: The use of Propecia in Japan to treat male pattern baldness should, just like in any other country, only be recommended and prescribed by a physician. Typically it is only used by men and contraindicated for women, especially for those who are pregnant.