Finasteride is in a class of medications called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. Finasteride therapy may be prescribed to treat male pattern baldness.
Finasteride, also sold under the brand name Propecia®, has been clinically tested and FDA approved for the treatment of male pattern baldness by blocking the body’s production of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a derivative of testosterone and thought to be the cause of hair loss in men. Studies indicated 66% of men have shown increased hair growth from using Finasteride.
Finasteride is an oral medication available in 1mg and 5mg tablets and normally prescribed as a daily-dose therapy. Although results will vary, it typically takes up to three months to halt hair loss and begin regrowth. As always, follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and stop taking the medication and consult your physician if you experience side effects.
Finasteride therapy may result in side effects including erectile dysfunction, decreased sexual desire and semen volume released during sex. Some men may develop breast enlargement, tenderness, lumps, and / or nipple discharge. Other side effects may include pain in the testicles, rash, itching, swelling of the lips or face, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and / or inability to urinate. Finasteride can be absorbed through the skin if the tablet is broken or crushed and should not be handled by pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant, or developing male infants.
Available in 1mg and 5mg tablets
Finasteride is the active ingredient in Propecia®