Trump Takes Common Drug for His Hair

Doctor says he's on Propecia
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2017 7:45 AM CST
Trump Takes Common Drug for His Hair
President Trump, with NRA chief Wayne LaPierre.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Trump's longtime physician has revealed a detail that the president probably won't be thrilled about: He tells the New York Times that Trump takes the drug Propecia for hair growth. Dr. Harold Bornstein, who has treated the famous patient for more than three decades, says Trump takes a small dose of finasteride to ward off baldness. "He has all his hair," says the doctor, who adds that he himself takes it for the same reason. "I have all my hair." Expect murmurs over the revelation given that Propecia is the subject of a class-action lawsuit over purported side effects that include serious depression and a loss of sex drive.

The White House didn't comment, and the story points out that it's not clear whether Bornstein is Trump's official White House physician—he hasn't spoken with Trump or anyone from the White House since the inauguration. Bornstein says Trump also takes antibiotics for the skin condition rosacea, a statin for cholesterol levels, and a daily baby aspirin for his heart. But the nugget about finasteride is the headline-grabber. As the Times points out, it likely explains why Trump had an unusually low level of prostate specific antigen, or PSA, in previously released health data. Propecia, also used as a prostate drug, lowers it. (During the campaign, Bornstein released glowing reports about Trump's health. And before it went bankrupt, Gawker did its own investigation into the famous hairdo.)

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