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What is Finasteride?

Finasteride is a treatment for hair loss in men, also known as male pattern baldness. It works by blocking the actions of specific enzymes that cause the hair follicles to shrink (which is what triggers hair loss).

Finasteride is also used to treat men with an enlarged prostate, or benign prostate enlargement (BPH for short) but at a higher dose.

When used for hair loss, 4 in 5 men find finasteride either stops hair loss or slows it down, and between 3 and 4 out of 5 men get some regrowth.

Male pattern baldness is usually pretty easy to identify. You can start to lose hair from the scalp or top of the head, but it can also start at the front of the head, which is what’s known as a receding hairline.

How does Finasteride work?

There’s an enzyme in the body called 5-alpha reductase. It converts the hormone testosterone into another hormone, dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT can make hair follicles shrink, and trigger hair loss, if your body is sensitive to it.

Finasteride stops the enzyme from converting testosterone into DHT, reducing the amount of the enzyme in the blood and the scalp. This helps to bolster hair growth, and prevent any more hair loss.

How long does Finasteride take to work?

It starts working in the body immediately, so it’s likely that your DHT levels will be lower as soon as you’ve taken your first dose. Generally speaking, Finasteride reduces DHT in the body by around 70%.

But it can take longer before you see any results. Because male pattern hair loss is a condition that develops slowly, it may take between 3 and 6 months before you see any improvement in the thickness of your hair, or any reduction in hair loss, with Finasteride. It can take 12-24 months of continuous use to observe hair regrowth. Patience and consistency are key with this medication.

Your hair will still fall out when you’re using Finasteride as part of its natural growth cycle (stray hairs being replaced by new hairs), so you’ll continue to see stray hairs either in the shower, bath, brush or comb or on your hands. This is totally normal and nothing to worry about.

You should know that Finasteride doesn’t always trigger hair regrowth. It’s a treatment that’s often taken to stop any further loss of hair, rather than as a means of getting hair to grow back. Due to the fact that everyone reacts differently to different medications, it is impossible to predict how your body will react to the Finasteride.

You can stop Finasteride at any time if you are not happy with the results of treatment. Your DHT levels will return to normal if you stop taking this medication though and you could start to observe that you start to lose hair again.

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How to take Finasteride

Finasteride comes in packs of 28 tablets. Take one tablet every day, either with or without food, and swallow them whole. It helps to take the tablet at the same time each day.

It may take several months for you to see the full effects of Finasteride. Continue to take Finasteride for as long as the clinician prescribes it. They can help you to assess if the tablets are working for you over your treatment course.

What if I missed a Finasteride dose?

If you miss a tablet, don’t worry. Just take the next tablet as you would normally. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

If you frequently forget doses, setting an alarm or daily reminder can help you. If this doesn’t work, it can help to take your pill with a meal to make sure you take it at the same time each day.

Finasteride: how effective is it?

Clinical trials have shown that it’s pretty effective. In a five year medical study, two groups of men took a Finasteride tablet every day, or a placebo tablet. More than 80% of the men taking Finasteride daily found that they stopped losing hair within 6–12 months, and 66% even noticed hair regrowth. But the entire group taking the placebo experienced hair loss.

The men taking Finasteride also noticed improvement in the thickness of their hair, and that their hair looked better, following treatment.

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Finasteride: FAQ

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Can you get Finasteride without a prescription?

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No. Finasteride is only available by prescription. It’s not a suitable treatment for all men, and can cause side effects. So it’s important to get an expert’s opinion on whether it’s safe for you to use before you take it.

We can help you to know if Finasteride is right for you. Take our consultation, and tell us about your health to get customized treatment recommendations.

Finasteride and Minoxidil: how are they different?

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Although they’re both treatments for hair loss, Minoxidil works in a different way to Finasteride.

Rather than stopping testosterone from being converted into DHT, Minoxidil is what’s known as a vasodilator. This just means that it helps blood vessels to widen, and improves blood flow in certain parts of the body. It causes more oxygen and nutrients to travel through the blood to your hair follicles, which can lead to hair growth.

Minoxidil doesn’t actually prevent hair loss as such, but encourages hair growth by causing hairs in a resting state (the telogen phase) to shed, and replace these hairs with new hairs (the anagen phase).

So while Finasteride handles the hormone side of things well and primarily stops you from losing hair, Minoxidil stops hair loss by vasodilation and delivers increased nutrients to the hair follicle itself. On this basis, the two products can be very effective when they’re taken together, and in most cases, they’re safe to use together. You should always discuss taking the two treatments at the same time with our clinician first, so they can decide if they’re both suitable for you.

Finasteride vs Propecia: are they the same?

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No, but they are very similar. Propecia is a hair loss tablet that contains the same active ingredient (finasteride) and works in the same way in the body. But the two treatments do contain different inactive ingredients, so the side effects that you may get with Finasteride may not be the same as the side effects you can experience with Propecia, and vice versa.

Propecia is also the branded medication, whereas Finasteride is the generic option. This means that the tablets themselves, and the packaging, may be different. Finasteride, as the generic, is also slightly cheaper.

Dutasteride vs Finasteride: which one’s better for hair loss?

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Dutasteride is licensed for the treatment of prostate enlargement, or BPE, in the US, but not hair loss. When doctors prescribe it for hair loss, it’s ‘off-label’ (which means not within the product license).

So if you’re looking for a hair loss treatment, Finasteride and Propecia are the more tried and tested options that are licensed for that purpose.

Does Finasteride affect ejaculation?

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You may find that the amount of ejaculate you produce is less than normal with Finasteride, or that you don’t produce any semen. These are common side effects, and tend to clear up after a while. But if they persist, or they bother you, let us know.

Can I take Finasteride if my partner is pregnant?

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Finasteride is only prescribed for men; it should never be used by women. Small quantities of it can also pass into semen, so if you’re having sex with your partner, you should always wear a condom if you’re taking it.

Women should not touch broken or crushed Finasteride tablets if there’s any possibility that they may be pregnant. Studies have shown that Finasteride can enter the bloodstream even by simply touching the broken or crushed tablet; this has the potential to cause problems with pregnancy. Finasteride tablets have a protective coating on them to help guard against this.

What are the common side effects of Finasteride?

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Side effects aren’t common with Finasteride, but some men (up to 1 in 100) have reported difficulties getting an erection, a reduction in their sex drive and depression whilst taking it. Some men feel that Finasteride worsens their mood or sex drive even after they’ve stopped taking it, but there isn’t enough evidence to support this.

The benefits generally outweigh the risks, which is why it’s a licensed treatment. If you’re concerned about side effects, drop us a message. There are other options available that we can explore with you.

Can any man take Finasteride?

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You should let us know if you have any illnesses or medical conditions during your consultation.

Finasteride isn’t suitable for men who are allergic to the active ingredient finasteride or to any of the other ingredients in it (see the package insert that comes with your treatment for the full list of ingredients).

It’s also not a suitable option for children and adolescents. Finasteride hasn’t been an effective treatment for hair loss in women in clinical trials either.

If you’re already taking Finasteride or any other 5a-reductase inhibitor for prostate enlargement or any other health condition, you shouldn’t take Finasteride for hair loss.

Why should I buy Finasteride with Treated?

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We can review whether Finasteride or other hair loss treatments are suitable options for you during your consultation. You can then choose which treatment you’d like.

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