President Donald Trump is slated to undergo his first physical exam as president Friday in Bethesda, Maryland. According to NPR, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has announced that the results of the physical will be released to the press on Tuesday, January 16th. It is still unclear what information from the exam will be released to the public.
Only Dr. Ronny Jackson, who will be administering the exam, is poised to know the full details of Trump's physical health since he took office. But we know from previous years via Trump’s personal physician that, at least as recently as February 2017, Trump was reportedly regularly taking a drug for hair loss, baby aspirin, and antibiotics.
In early 2017 it was widely reported that the president was taking the drug finasteride, which is sold under the brand name Propecia, for hair loss prevention. As The Washington Post reported when it was first found Trump was on the drug, it has been associated with sexual side effects. The Post also mentioned literature that describes possible psychological side effects that result from using finasteride, although there appears to be no conclusive evidence that this is the case.
Trump was also taking a baby aspirin a day. This is a relatively common practice for heart attack prevention, according to the Mayo Clinic. The drug works by interfering with clotting in the blood. Although clotting is a necessary function for sealing wounds, that same mechanism can be deadly when it occurs in blood vessels in the heart. Aspirin stops the same cells that form blood clots when a person has a cut on the skin from forming plaques in the heart that can lead to heart attacks.
Another heart health precaution, Trump takes a statin to lower cholesterol. Statins can help the body “reabsorb” cholesterol that accumulates on the walls of blood vessels, to the end goal of preventing a heart attack.
The results of Trump’s physical—and which, if any of these drugs he's still on—may become clear on Tuesday.