How to use Finasteride for hair loss?

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There are many causes of hair loss, and it has increased tremendously over the years. The most common question asked by the patients is How to use Finasteride for hair loss? Most of the patients to whom medications are prescribed or even those who have heard about it. And want to use it to treat hair loss due to male pattern baldness, asks this question frequently.

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How to take finasteride for hair loss

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What is finasteride for hair loss?

Finasteride dosage for hair loss

How does Finasteride work?

How long does it take for finasteride to stop hair loss?

First of all, you should avoid self-medication, because it can cause more harm. Rather, it is better to consult Dermatologists, as he/she will examine you, assess the condition of your scalp, runs a suitable investigation and comes up with the correct diagnosis. Once diagnosed, it becomes easier to prescribe the treatment plan, according to your scalp need.

What is Finasteride for hair loss?

Finasteride & Minoxidil is used to treat male pattern hair loss i.e.androgenic alopecia. Androgenic alopecia or Male pattern baldness is a common cause of hair loss in men. It takes about 3-4 months of regular use of medications for positive results. Finasteride should be used by adult men only. Children and Women should not use this medication.

Finasteride dosage for hair loss

Finasteride is generally prescribed at a dose of 1mg/day. Some reports show that finasteride is responsible for a lot of side effects in males. Such as erectile dysfunction, poor quality, and quantity of semen, and impotence among many others. But later, scientific evidence has been documented that the side effects are mostly seen in very few unfortunate 1% of the people using it. It is a relatively safe drug and is worldwide prescribed by doctors to treat androgenic alopecia.

How does Finasteride work?

Testosterone is converted to DHT or Dihydrotestosterone in the presence of 5 alpha-reductase enzymes. DHT is the active form of testosterone in the tissues. And used for many biological androgenic functions. But when an excess of DHT is in the scalp area, it causes hair loss. Finasteride blocks the 5 alpha-reductase enzymes. i.e It is a 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor and also helps to control the production of DHT. Thus finasteride helps to reduce hair fall. Generally, Finasteride and minoxidil are used in combination, to stop hair loss.


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If your dermatologist has prescribed the medications, you should follow their treatment protocol accordingly. Assistive treatment modalities are also available to enhance the results. Hence, a combination therapy approach is preferred by many doctors. They include PRP, mesotherapy, LLLT, derma roller, etc.


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How long does it take for finasteride to stop hair loss?

Finasteride is one of the best hair loss treatments which can give good results in reducing further hair fall and promoting new hair growth. After starting finasteride, you can see improvements in the first 3-4 months. Although the improvement is not substantial in the first 3 months, it is important to continue using finasteride daily. From 3-6 months of using finasteride, considerable improvement is seen. Using the medicine along with the procedure may give results, and you will see a significant difference in hair growth as well as hair thickness and strength.  

Finasteride is a commonly prescribed medicine for men’s hair loss. The side effects of finasteride include chills, cold sweats, and lightheadedness. Less commonly, the use of finasteride may lead to skin changes, bloating of the face, and rapid weight gain.

With daily use of finasteride and proper hair care and lifestyle changes as advised by your doctor, finasteride proves to be effective in reversing hair loss.

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