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More hair...this is the pill for that. Finasteride treats male pattern baldness, at the crown and in the middle of the scalp. You’ll see thicker hair and slower hair loss with regular use.

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* Finasteride may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: inability to have or maintain an erection, decreased sexual…Read more

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What is Finasteride?


Finasteride is an FDA-approved medication that treats hair loss in men (ie, male pattern hair loss). Also sold under the brand name Propecia®, Finasteride belongs to a class of drugs known as 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors.

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Finasteride dosage


Take finasteride as prescribed by your doctor. Just keep in mind there aren’t additional benefits from taking it more than once a day.

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How to take Finasteride pills


Consistency is key. If you miss a day, it’s all good, just skip your missed dose and get back on your game the next day. Just don’t take two doses to make up for it.

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How Finasteride stops hair loss


Finasteride treats hair loss in men by blocking DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT is an androgen hormone derived from testosterone thought to shrink hair follicles and cause many guys to experience hair loss.

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Finasteride side effects


Side effects may occur with any prescription medicine. Some men may experience a reaction to Finasteride. Seek medical advice from your healthcare provider if you experience any side effects while taking it.

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what is finasteride used for?

Finasteride is used to treat male pattern hair loss (aka androgenetic alopecia, which involves a gradual thinning of scalp hair most obviously manifested as a receding hairline or balding on the top of the head in men.) Finasteride is not used to treat all forms of hair loss, such as telogen effluvium, tinea capitis, or others. Finasteride is also sometimes prescribed at higher doses to treat an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

what causes hair loss in men?

Male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia, is the most common cause of hair loss. It is typically an inherited condition. As the condition progresses the natural hair growth cycle weakens and your hair follicles shrink, causing your hair to become shorter and finer. The exact cause for this type of hair loss is unknown but it is related to the production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Treatments that inhibit the production of DHT are sometimes effective in slowing, stopping or reversing hair loss due to androgenic alopecia.

does finasteride work?

Finasteride (1mg dose prescribed for hair loss) has been shown to be 85% effective with hair regrowth usually noticed after about 3-4 months of daily use. Continuous use of finasteride is essential, or new hair will be lost after one year of stopping the medication. (In comparison, topical Minoxidil 5% is effective in stimulating hair regrowth in about 50% of men who use it consistently.)

how does finasteride work?

Prescription finasteride works by preventing testosterone from breaking down into DHT, the hormone that is thought to contribute to baldness.

how can you buy propecia over the counter?

In the United States, Propecia and its generic form, finasteride, are only available with a prescription. You cannot buy finasteride over the counter. In order to get a Propecia prescription, you'll need to be evaluated by a healthcare professional either online or in person so they can determine whether finasteride is appropriate for you.

does finasteride cause sexual side effects?

In clinical trials of Finasteride 1mg, the following sexual side effects were the most common side effects experienced by patients:
  • Decreased libido (reported in 1.8% of patients taking Finasteride vs. 1.3% taking placebo)
  • Erectile dysfunction (reported in 1.3% of patients taking Finasteride vs. 0.7% taking placebo)
  • Ejaculation disorder (reported in 1.2% of patients taking Finasteride vs. 0.7% taking placebo)
  • Decreased volume of ejaculate (reported in 0.8% of patients taking Finasteride vs. 0.4% taking placebo)
In addition, fewer than 1% of patients develop a rash or breast tenderness which is reversible after the medication is stopped.
Medical literature shows some evidence of increased depressive and anxiety symptoms in users under 45 while using oral finasteride. Customers on our platform will answer a few questions relating to mental health for prior to beginning oral finasteride treatment. As always, any new or worsening side effects (such as, feeling not yourself, mood has changed, etc) should be brought to your medical provider for guidance.
On the whole, studies indicate that side effects usually resolve themselves after Finasteride is discontinued. However, about 1.4% of the patients who experience side effects continue to experience side effects even after stopping Finasteride. There may be an association of sexual dysfunction side effects and the use of NSAIDS (Motrin, Advil, Aleve type medications), which is why your doctor may recommend you stop taking Finasteride for the period of time when you take NSAIDS.
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience adverse effects like allergic reaction while taking finasteride.

are there any drug interactions with finasteride pills?

Along with NSAIDs, there are certain prescription drugs, OTC medications and supplements that may have interactions with finasteride. If you have a finasteride prescription, be sure to discuss any current medications or supplements you are taking with your healthcare provider.
Additionally, you should avoid finasteride if you have liver disease, as this combination could lead to serious side effects.

how long does finasteride take to work?

If you are taking finasteride for hair loss, it may take three to four months before Finasteride starts working to a noticable degree.

does finasteride cause weight gain?

No, weight gain is not considered a side effect of finasteride.