Are You Going to Use Finasteride for Hair Loss? Read This First

Sold in the market under the brand names Propecia and Proscar, finasteride is a medication that is intended to treat people who are suffering from hair loss.  In the early days, finasteride was just like other medications that were originally used to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy and prostate cancer. It turns out that patients who took finasteride for their prostate-related issues had experienced great results with it, along with a surprising bonus, and that is, the growth of hair.

Finasteride actually works by means of inhibiting or stopping type II 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme responsible for converting the hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  DHT, in turn, is the one responsible for losing one’s hair, resulting to baldness if not remedied.  Thus, simply put, the action of finasteride is to prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT, and the end result would be the prevention of hair loss. This “favorable side effect” of preventing hair loss and promoting growth of new hair by finasteride is what made it famous in the pharmaceutical world, not by its primary use which is for treating benign prostatic hypertrophy and other prostate-related ailments. Read more…

Relistor may weaken the GI wall

When to beware

As all meds do, mythylnaltrexone bromide (Relistor) has its share of possible side effects, the most common being dizziness, flatulence, mild diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and hyperhidrosis. Severe reactions include a serious case of any already mentioned, or allergic reactions.

Today, Health Canada and Wyeth Canada added a new possible adverse reaction to the list: a heightened risk of gastrointestinal perforation, especially in those with GI cancers and other conditions that could weaken the gastrointestinal wall.

When Relistor came onto the scene – it was approved by Health Canada on March 28, 2008 – it relieved opioid-induced constipation in palliative-care patients with incurable cancers, end-stage COPD from emphysema, heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease, and so on, when other laxative therapies could not – in under 30 minutes. Administered by subcutaneous injection, it blocks opioids from entering cells, allowing bowels to revert to normal function, while not interfering with the opioid’s ability to relieve pain.

The current warning advises discontinuing Relistor and seeking professional help if severe, persistent symptoms like abdominal pain intensified by movement, nausea and vomiting -- possibly accompanied by fever and chills – worsen, as these can be signs of GI perforation.

It makes one wonder, though, if the original studies on this drug should have lasted a wee bit longer than four months.
Milena Katz

2 comments:

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All meds have side effects. SO you offer don't take mythylnaltrexone bromide?

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Such a wonderful post. keep it up and thanks for sharing.