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Question: Romario football ban: Does Propecia enhance sporting ability?

Name: Suhayl Isap

Question: As an avid football fan, I always follow all the footie news and recently a story has emerged regarding Romario being temporarily banned from the sport for having finasteride in his body. He has pleaded his innocence, stating he was using a hair growth medication.

Does using Propecia not only help hair stabilisation or regrowth but also help with performance, muscle tone and athletic ability? It must surely work as an anabolic steroid or something similar if players are being banned for cheating with finasteride.

Answer: Finasteride does not enhance sports performance nor increase muscle bulk. The reason why the UK sports authority banned it is because it can mask or hide the presence of steroids.

Hair Loss Romario
Football legend Romario failed a drug test for using finasteride. Although
finasteride does not increase sporting ability, it can hide the presence of steroids.

2 Comments

7th March, 2016 at 11:29 pm

Ruzz

Can it reduce athletic performance?

8th March, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ruzz, we are unaware of any studies into this so cannot give you a definitive answer, however, as it is reportedly used by many top sportsmen it seems unlikely that their employers would allow this if it was the case.

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