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Donald Trump takes Propecia, a Hair growth drug Associated with Impotency, Depression and Suicidal thoughts

Donald Trump's longtime personal doctor, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein has revealed that president takes a small dose of drug finasteride also known as Propecia used to treat male baldness. Along with this he also takes other drugs that include rosacea for a common skin problem and a statin to regulate cholesterol and lipids.

Donald Trump uses Propecia, a Hair growth drug associated with Impotency, Depression and Suicidal thoughts

What is Finasteride?

Finasteride is a type of drug called 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor. The drug's main role is to prevent the breakdown of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is responsible for male baldness and it acts by silencing the other signal that acts at the hair follicle to promote new hair cell generation and growth. This explains the reason for Trump's medical records to have low levels of Prostate-specific antigen(PSA). PSA serves as a marker for patients suffering from prostate cancer. Low levels of PSA is an indicator that the person has recently been treated for prostate cancer.

Dr. Harold N. Bornstein himself admitted that he himself uses the drug and that is the reason for his over the shoulder length hair. This is the first instance where it was known publicly about Trump using the prostrate related drug. Trump is the oldest president to be ever elected at the age of 70 years. Earlier in  2015, Bornstein has released the first letter before the presidential elections stating that If Trump gets elected he will be the healthiest president ever. 

The second letter in September 2016 did not reveal much about Trump's health details and only included basic information such as his height, weight, and blood pressure levels and said he takes a drug rosuvastatin (marketed as Crestor) that lowers cholesterol and lipids. However, the safety of finasteride has been challenged since long. It is learned that users reported side effects that ranged from inability to orgasm, painful erections, chronic depression, insomnia, brain fog, and suicidal thoughts and these effects tend to last even after stopping taking the pill.

A total of 1245 lawsuits have been filed against Merck the manufacturer of the drug alleging the company did not detail the potential side effects. Patients and doctors often call the symptoms as “Post-Finasteride Syndrome”  after discontinuing the usage of the drug.

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