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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Prescription medication for male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia)

Generic

Yes

Active Ingredient

Finasteride

Effective within

Results may be noticeable within 3 to 6 months of continuous use

Works by

Treat male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia)

Side effects

Changes in sexual function, mood alterations, allergic reactions, breast tissue changes

Medication details

Description

Finasteride es un tratamiento solo con receta. Se utiliza como tratamiento para la calvicie de patrón masculino (pérdida de cabello), una condición común entre los hombres. El medicamento actúa bloqueando la conversión de testosterona en dihidrotestosterona (DHT). DHT contribuye al adelgazamiento del cabello y al acortamiento de la fase de crecimiento del cabello.

La finasterida solo debe ser utilizada por hombres de entre 18 y 41 años.

Directions

Follow your doctor's or pharmacist's instructions precisely. The recommended dosage is one tablet per day, which can be taken with or without food. Consistency is key – the effectiveness of Finasteride is best observed over time. If you accidentally take more than the prescribed dose, contact your doctor promptly. Should you forget a dose, avoid doubling up on tablets; simply continue with your regular regimen the following day.

Ingredients

Each film-coated tablet of Finasteride contains 1 mg of finasteride as its active ingredient. Other components include lactose monohydrate, cellulose microcrystalline, sodium starch glycolate, starch pregelatinized (maize starch), docusate sodium, magnesium stearate, and the tablet's coating.

Side Effects

As with any medication, Finasteride may cause side effects in some individuals. Notable side effects include mood alterations (such as depression), changes in sexual function (reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, ejaculation issues), and allergic reactions like rash and itching. While most side effects are temporary or diminish with continued use, it's important to seek medical guidance if you experience any concerning symptoms.

Warnings

Women and Children: Finasteride is for men only and should not be used by women or children under 18 years old.

Mood Alterations: Instances of depressed mood, depression, and even suicidal thoughts have been reported. If you encounter these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.
Prostate Cancer

Screening: Finasteride can affect PSA levels, which are used for prostate cancer screening. Inform your doctor if you're taking Finasteride before undergoing a PSA test.

Fertility: Long-term use of Finasteride, in conjunction with other risk factors, has been associated with infertility in men. Consult your doctor for personalized guidance.
Breast Cancer: Report any breast tissue changes, such as lumps or pain, to your doctor, as these could be signs of breast cancer.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on 24 ago 2023, 15:30

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FAQs

Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

Can women use Finasteride for hair loss?

No, Finasteride is intended for use by men only. Women should not use this medication, particularly if pregnant or planning to become pregnant, due to potential risks to the developing fetus.

How long does it take to see results with Finasteride?

Results may vary, but it usually takes 3 to 6 months of continuous use to observe noticeable improvements in hair growth and reduction in hair loss.

Can I stop taking Finasteride once I see results?

It's essential to continue taking Finasteride as prescribed to maintain the benefits. Discontinuing the medication may lead to a reversal of the positive effects.

Is Finasteride safe for long-term use?

Long-term safety studies have shown that Finasteride is generally well-tolerated and effective for men with male pattern hair loss. However, consult your healthcare provider for personalized guidance based on your health profile.

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