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14 June 2013

Baldness drug puts men off alcohol

Men with sexual side effects appear to drink less, even after they stop taking a certain baldness drug.

Some men who use finasteride (Propecia) to help battle baldness may also be drinking less alcohol, a new study suggests.

Although it isn't clear why the medication might have this effect, Irwig thinks the drug may alter the brain's chemistry.

"For finasteride, the relationship between metabolism of [the hormone] progesterone, the production of neurosteroids and the relationship of neurosteroids to alcohol actions and consumption is still being sorted out," he said.

 
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