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Finasteride Hair-Loss Medication

Published on January 12, 2017 by

Male pattern baldness is a condition that affects about 50 million men worldwide. It causes men to lose the hair on the top and front of the head. It is commonly referred to as androgenetic alopecia and affects men between the ages of 30-60 most frequently. While hair loss might seem like an illegitimate concern for many, it can have serious implications on a person’s body image and increase insecurity.

Significant hair loss often leads to big changes in the face and highlights unpleasant features. While there are numerous medications and procedures to treat the condition, Propecia and other forms of it, like Finasteride, are the most prevalent. This medication is taken orally and is aimed at preventing further hair loss.

How it works

Finasteride works to reduce the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a natural hormone that leads to hair loss. This hormone is only produced in men and thus Finastride is only prescribed to adult men. Reduced DHT encourages hair regrowth while simultaneously reducing hair loss.

The hair on other parts of the body is not affected. Finastride is a prescription medication and those interested need to consult a doctor before obtaining the medication.


The pills (1mg) have to be used once a day, at any time of the day. It needs to be swallowed whole and at the same time each day. Before taking the drug for the first time be sure to read the pamphlet and make sure to clarify any doubts with your doctor. It is very important to keep the medication away from women of all ages and children, as it can lead to side effects.

If the pill is accidentally crushed, it must not be touched by a pregnant woman or anyone planning to get pregnant. In case of a missed dose, patients can take the pill later the same day. It is not recommended to take the missed pill together with your next dose as it will increase the chance of side effects.

Patients might notice further hair loss after only months of taking Finastride. This does not indicate that the medication is not working – continued hair loss might be a result of insufficient time for the medication to work or the shredding of miniaturized hair. Treatment has to be continued for a year to comprehensively test its effects on hair growth.


Finastride is a good hair loss medication and you’ll begin to see results after regular usage. The typical amount of time before results begin to show is 3 months of regular usage. Patients have to note that abruptly discontinuing the medication will reverse the achieved results.

There are numerous studies that have shown positive results for patients using Finastride. One such study noted that after 5 years of treatment, Finastride was effective in 48% of men for growing new hair and 42% for reducing hair loss. Only 10% of patients have reported continuing hair loss after using Finastride.

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If you’re unhappy with the rate of hair loss you’re experiencing, it may be time to contact our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Ravi Jain, an experienced physician, can help you fight hair loss and maintain your confidence.