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.
A 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.
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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.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.