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More hair...this is the pill for that. It 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.

* Prescription products require an online consultation with a physician who will determine if a prescription is appropriate.

* 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

* This page has been medically reviewed by Patrick Carroll, MD.

What is Finasteride?


Finasteride is an FDA approved medication that treats hair loss in men by blocking DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT is a hormone derived from testosterone thought to be the reason why many guys experience hair loss.

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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


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

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Finasteride & Testosterone


Finasteride stops testosterone from converting into DHT, the androgen that shrinks hair follicles which leads to hair loss.

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Possible side effects


Side effects may occur with any prescription medicine. Some men may experience a reaction to Finasteride. Talk to your doctor if you experience any side effects while taking it.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Finasteride

what is finasteride?
Finasteride is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of hair loss in men. Also sold under the brand name Propecia®, Finasteride belongs to a class of drugs known as 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors.
what is finasteride used for?
Finasteride is used to treat male pattern hair loss (gradual thinning of the hair on the scalp, leading to a receding hairline or balding on the top of the head in men.)
what causes hair loss in men?
Male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss and 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. The medication needs to be taken on a continuous basis or else 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?
Finasteride works by preventing testosterone from breaking down into DHT, the hormone that is thought to contribute to baldness.
how can you get finasteride over the counter?
In the United States, finasteride is only available with a prescription. In order to get finasteride, you'll need to be evaluated by a doctor either online or in person so they can determine whether a finasteride prescription is appropriate for you.
does finasteride cause side effects?
In clinical trials of Finasteride 1mg, the following 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)
Studies indicate that usually these side effects resolve themselves after men stop taking Finasteride and even in most cases while Finasteride continues to be taken. 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.