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3 Ways to Speed Up the Results from Finasteride

3 Ways to Speed Up the Results from Finasteride

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Male pattern baldness has always been something that the majority of men had to deal with at some point during our lives. Up until a couple decades ago, hair loss was something that guys had to accept and take in stride. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with going bald, but that it’s completely normal for people to not want to let go of their head of hair.

Then came finasteride, which received approval by the FDA and became an effective treatment for hair loss in 1997. Doctors guaranteed that Finasteride could stop male pattern baldness for the majority men who take it – and it did. More than 80% of the men who used finasteride in the clinical trials didn’t experience any more hair loss while on the product, and 66% of them actually regrew hair over an extended time period.

But there’s one catch: finasteride doesn’t work overnight, it takes time and requires consistent usage for best results. In fact, when it comes to regrowing hair, most men don’t see major results until they’ve taken finasteride for at least a year or more. The good news is that taking finasteride over a five-year period can actually improve your hair growth, leaving you with 10% more hair than you’d have if you were on no treatment at all.

But is it possible to speed up the effects of finasteride in order to enjoy its benefits sooner? Nobody wants to wait a couple of years before enjoying the perks of a medicine, after all. Here are some ways that you can maximize your finasteride results.

1. Give your scalp a daily massage

You probably think that the notion of scalp massages being able to improve finasteride’s results is about as far-fetched as they come, but there’s actually science to back it up. Japanese researchers found that daily four-minute massages over the course of 24 weeks were able to stimulate hair growth and boost one’s hair thickness. How and why scalp massages are able to stimulate hair growth remains a mystery, but scientists believe that it has something to do with softening the skin, increasing blood flow, and helping people to feel more relaxed.

2. Take biotin supplements

Are you familiar with biotin? Also known as vitamin B complex, biotin is a vitamin that plays an important role in ensuring that your hair, fingernails, and skin stay healthy. If you have a biotin deficiency, your hair might be growing weaker and more slowly than usual. In fact, scientists have found that people who take biotin supplements have hair that, on average, grows faster and denser than people who don’t. Part of the reason for this is because of biotin’s DHT-blocking properties which, just like finasteride, disrupt the conversion from testosterone to DHT in the scalp, thus reducing the effects of male pattern baldness.

3. Combine finasteride with minoxidil

Minoxidil is a popular topical ointment that’s applied to the scalp twice a day. Along with finasteride, it’s the only other product that’s been approved by the FDA to treat androgenic alopecia. Men who use 5% have experienced great results in the fight against baldness. In one study, 984 men with various stages of male pattern baldness were required to apply 5% minoxidil to their balding spots twice a day. After a year of use, doctors noted that 62% of the men grew a significant amount of hair where the ointment was applied, while 35.1% of the men didn’t experience further hair loss – that means that less than 3% of the participants continued to lose hair when using minoxidil!

And while minoxidil has been proven to be an effective tool to prevent hair loss, studies show that using it alongside 1mg of finasteride a day can greatly increase the density of hair being grown.

The Final Say on Finasteride Results

Finasteride is an incredibly effective way to halt or reverse the effects of male pattern baldness, but it does have its own limitations. While there are ways to speed up and improve the effects of finasteride, you shouldn’t expect to wake up one day only to find your hair grew twice as thick overnight.

Finasteride and other haircare treatments, like minoxidil, work gradually and require long-term use for best results. With that said, combining finasteride with minoxidil, while also eating a diet rich in important hair-building nutrients like iron, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein, is enough to help you grow stronger, healthier hair provided you consistently use it.

Important Safety Information

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Finasteride is for use by MEN ONLY and should NOT be used by women or children.

Read this Patient Information before you start taking Finasteride and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.

What is Finasteride?

Finasteride is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).

It is not known if Finasteride works for a receding hairline on either side of and above your forehead (temporal area).

Finasteride is not for use by women and children.

Who should not take Finasteride?

Do not take Finasteride if you:

  • are pregnant or may become pregnant. Finasteride may harm your unborn baby.
    • Finasteride tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the medicine during handling, as long as the tablets are not broken or crushed. Females who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not come in contact with broken or crushed Finasteride tablets.
    • If a pregnant woman comes in contact with crushed or broken Finasteride tablets, wash the contact area right away with soap and water. If a woman who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient in Finasteride, a healthcare provider should be consulted. If a woman who is pregnant with a male baby swallows or comes in contact with the medicine in Finasteride, the male baby may be born with sex organs that are not normal.
  • are allergic to any of the ingredients in Finasteride. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in Finasteride.

    What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Finasteride? Before taking Finasteride, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have any other medical conditions, including problems with your prostate or liver

    Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

    How should I take Finasteride?

  • Take Finasteride exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
  • You may take Finasteride with or without food.
  • If you forget to take Finasteride, do not take an extra tablet. Just take the next tablet as usual.

    Finasteride will not work faster or better if you take it more than once a day.

    What are the possible side effects of Finasteride?

  • decrease in your blood Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. Finasteride can affect a blood test called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA test done you should tell your healthcare provider that you are taking Finasteride because Finasteride decreases PSA levels. Changes in PSA levels will need to be evaluated by your healthcare provider. Any increase in follow-up PSA levels from their lowest point may signal the presence of prostate cancer and should be evaluated, even if the test results are still within the normal range for men not taking Finasteride. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you have not been taking Finasteride as prescribed because this may affect the PSA test results. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider.

  • There may be an increased risk of a more serious form of prostate cancer in men taking finasteride at 5 times the dose of Finasteride.

    The most common side effects of Finasteride include:

  • decrease in sex drive
  • trouble getting or keeping an erection
  • a decrease in the amount of semen

    The following have been reported in general use with Finasteride:

  • breast tenderness and enlargement. Tell your healthcare provider about any changes in your breasts such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge.
  • depression;
  • decrease in sex drive that continued after stopping the medication;
  • allergic reactions including rash, itching, hives and swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, and face;
  • problems with ejaculation that continued after stopping medication;
  • testicular pain;
  • difficulty in achieving an erection that continued after stopping the medication;
  • male infertility and/or poor quality of semen.
  • in rare cases, male breast cancer.

    Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

    These are not all the possible side effects of Finasteride. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA1088.

    How should I store Finasteride?

  • Store Finasteride at room temperature between 59˚F to 86˚F (15˚C to 30˚C).
  • Keep Finasteride in a closed container and keep Finasteride tablets dry (protect from moisture).

    Keep Finasteride and all medicines out of the reach of children.

    General information about the safe and effective use of Finasteride.

    Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in this Patient Information. Do not use Finasteride for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Finasteride to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.