nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
See here for more discussion.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Taking Meds For Hair Loss And Feeling Limp?

A quick note for males in the audience.

I noticed this article in USA Today"s Health blog (Mar 12).

Avodart, Proscar, and Propecia are drugs in a single group called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.  They are used to treat difficulty urinating due to prostate enlargement....and hair loss.

The review referred to in the blog article can be found here.  The pertinent result (quotation is from the blog link above) was:
"About 8% of men taking the drugs reported erectile dysfunction, and 4.2% reported reduced libido, they found, compared with 4% and 1.8% of men receiving placebo, respectively.  Reduced ejaculation and semen volume and depression were also reported by some men, the researchers note."
The point is, there are almost no beneficial medications that do not have other, often unwanted effects.

Therapy, particularly for esthetic reasons--like hair loss--should be approached with caution (see my post on the German celebrity who died from her sixth breast augmentation.)

Sometimes accepting nature's cruel blow is the better course.

Doc D

No comments:

Post a Comment


What I'm Reading - Updated 3 May

Blog Archive