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How to take finasteride for hair loss

Feb 2, 2019

How and when to take Finasteride?


With the arrival of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors like Propecia and with the advancement in surgical hair restoration, the problem of hair loss has become less grave.

However, along with this harbinger of hope to deal with the stress of baldness a number of fake products have also started to the rule the market and you are advised not to waste your time and attention over such products unless they are FDA approved.

Finasteride is the generic name of Propecia which was developed as a relief therapy to the enlarged prostate. In recent years it has been introduced to quick fix the problem of male baldness pattern.

The underlying mechanism is that finasteride blocks the DHT hormone which is the prime cause of hair loss. 1 mg of finasteride can effectively lower DHT levels in the scalp to as low as 60% when taken daily. It is DHT that shrinks the hair follicle, which eventually leads to baldness. This 60% reduction in DHT has been proven to stop the progression of hair loss in 86% of men taking the drug during trials.

Does DHT really cause hair loss?

Earlier minoxidil was the drug of choice for the problem but its side effect of the growth of hair at unwanted areas turned out to be a big issue. Finasteride blocks the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase to prevent the further formation of DHT. It has proved its vitality but it has its consequences like loss of sex drive and inability to gain an erection.

Follow the instructions of your doctor on how to consume finasteride. Inform your doctor about any drug allergies you have or any other medication you are taking. A dose of 1mg/day in tablet form should be taken with water. It is advised that you take the dose on a fixed time each day and in case you miss out on a dose you leave it out.IFrame



It doesn’t take more than 12 months for finasteride to show its proper output. The consumption of finasteride is strictly prohibited in pregnant and lactating mothers for it can cause serious damage to the child.

It is obligatory that you do not try out the drug on your own and consult your doctor before doing so. You are welcome at HairMD to receive proper inputs, consultation, and guidance on how to take finasteride to achieve maximum effect.


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