Anti-Doping Agency Lifts Propecia Ban for Athletes

The World Anti-Doping Agency has agreed to lift the ban on Propecia for professional athletes as of 1st January 2009.

The male pattern hair loss product was banned from use by professional athletes in 2005 because of research that suggested finasteride, the active ingredient in Propecia, could mask steroids in the doping control process.

World Anti Doping Agency Lifts Hair Loss Treatment tablet banA few of the athletes that have been penalised for use of Propecia whilst taking part in professional sport are Ahmet Coskun, a basketball player who recently got thrown out of the paralympics, Mark Neilsen, the tennis player from New Zealand who received a 2 year ban, French runners Nordine Gezzar and Latifa Essarokh, Jose Theodore - a goalie from the NHL, Argentine tennis player Mariano Hood, Italian golfer Alessandro Pissilli, Sebastien Gattuso - the Olympic bobsledder, and - probably the most famous of them all - footballing legend Romario, who was banned from Brazilian football for four months for taking this prescription medication.

More information on the news can be found here.

Propecia is the original brand name for the medication finasteride 1mg which is the only oral drug that has been both MHRA licensed and FDA approved to treat Male Pattern Baldness. It is one of two clinically-proven men's hair loss treatments, the other being a topical solution - high strength minoxidil - designed to stabilise shedding, promote hair growth and, with on-going use, help in preventing baldness.

These well-established hair loss solutions are popular with men both in and out of the public eye due to the simplicity and discretion they offer via a gradual progression as the treatments get to work.
 

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