Propecia is a prescription drug for the treatment of hair loss in men, thereby accounting for its popularity as a tag. The generic form of the drug is also used to treat urinary problems caused by enlargement of the prostate.
Propecia is manufactured by Merck & Co., one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. It is authorized by the FDA for treatment of male pattern hair loss on the top and middle front of the head. It is for use by men only as it can cause birth defects in male fetuses.
The drug is taken in pill form once a day and inhibits the production of a particular male hormone. It is more likely to slow hair loss than actually grow new hair. The previous degree of hair loss tends to return when the drug is stopped.