June 29 2012, 10:50 am PT | Posted in: Drugs
A comment received from the recent post about Propecia and free testosterone levels -
doctor…as an athlete, this is something about propecia which interests me greatly - but there just doesn’t seem to be enough information available about it.
Would there be anything to stop doctors like yourself taking bloodwork of patients before and during finasteride use so that you (as someone in a position who sees finasteride users daily) could report back to us - so we could make informed decisions taking into account not only our hair, but other matters also of interest to us like hormone levels?
Would really appreciate a response. Thanks.
This can be done, but insurance may not cover these tests. If someone wants to pay for the tests out of pocket, it would be in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. And even if these tests were free, what would we do with the results? What significance or interpretations would come from the tests?
If you look in the literature, I am sure there have been similar studies done before Propecia or finasteride was approved by the FDA. You need to know what you’re looking for before searching for data points.