Finasteride is an FDA-approved treatment for male pattern hair loss. The dosage is 1 mg daily. Finasteride leads to increased hair diameter and growth rate, although increased hair counts are also observed to a lesser extent. Increased hair growth is usually seen after 3 months of use.
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About the Procedure
Finasteride is a type II 5a-reductase inhibitor that decreases serum and scalp levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is an androgen that creates miniaturization of follicles, weakening of hair structures, and overall unhealthy hair. By decreasing DHT production, hair loss is reduced. Since finasteride reduces the production of androgens, which are male sex hormones, side effects from taking the medication may include decreased libido and sexual stamina. Alternative medications for hair loss include dutasteride and tofacitinib. Typically, 1 dose is taken per day orally of finasteride to help hair loss. Results can take anywhere between 3-6 months to show. Continued use of the drug is necessary to maintain results.
The goal of finasteride is to reverse the early stages of hair loss created by thinning hair, bald spots and receding hairlines.
What to Expect
Finasteride leads to increased hair diameter and growth rate, although increased hair counts are also observed to a lesser extent. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after hair loss treatment with Finasteride.
No special measures need to be taken before treatment.
Finasteride is usually taken once daily in 1 mg tablets. Take medication as prescribed.
No recovery is needed from taking finasteride for hair loss. Finasteride is a pill and does not have any downtime associated with use.
The ideal candidate for finasteride is in the early stages of hair loss.
Not Recommended For
Finasteride is not recommended for patients with liver problems, pregnant, breastfeeding, high-grade prostate cancer, or male patients with breast cancer.
Side effects from finasteride may include impotence, loss of interest in sex, trouble having an orgasm, abnormal ejaculation, swelling in the hands or feet, swelling or tenderness in the breasts, dizziness, weakness, feeling faint, headache, runny nose, or skin rash.