Misconception about hair loss treatment for men is common, whether orally or topical, and Finasteride is no exception. Every product may work differently, but we must consider the safety assurance aside from its efficacy.
By definition, Finasteride is a medication used to treat hair loss and benign prostatic hyperplasia in men. It can also be used to treat excessive hair growth in women and as a part of hormone therapy for transgender women . It is taken orally and can also be applied topically.
What does Finasteride do?
Finasteride has been used for Hair Growth to reduce DHT levels for over 20 years and it's a prescription-only drug. It decreases Dihydrotesterone ( DHT) production by about 70%, including the scalp and prostate gland. Being a prescription-only drug and taking time to know more about it is essential to assess whether this would be a perfect fit for you.
Who are the target users of Finasteride?
It is used by males in treating symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with an enlarged prostate before being considered in hair loss treatments such as pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) in men.
It is not advised for women and children. Pregnant women should not use this product as it can be absorbed by the skin and can cause congenital disabilities and can harm the fetus.
What are the known brands of Finasteride?
It is primarily marketed under the brands Propecia, which is for pattern hair loss and Proscar ( for BPH) under Merk & Co. Over the years, Finasteride has been marketed through various brands in several countries.
Are you feeling overwhelmed?
It is totally normal and strongly advisable to have a foundation knowledge of whatever product comes to your mind, especially regarding hair loss. Aside from its history and purposes, below are the side effects you need to know before choosing Finasteride.
High risk of Impotence, Erectile Dysfunction, Decreased Libido and Ejaculation Disorder.
Disturbed Neurosteroid Production
Lack of Intimacy
Decrease in Sex Drive
Irreversible Adverse Effects
Decreasing the DHT level may sound easy, but considering that such a method includes lots of adverse effects. However, topical Finasteride application claims to be safer and gentler than the orally administered one; no proven studies prove its claims to have no side effects at all as the above.
Using Finasteride so soon results in more shedding of men, so you need to practice patience when treating hair problems. It is not a one-day quest. As with any medication, you must consult your doctor on the necessary steps to solve your hair issues. Before deciding, keep yourself knowledgeable about the early signs of hair loss and how it should be treated. FREE courses and Youtube (educational) videos (@folliclebooster) by our CEO Tudor Tanase @thehairlossdude will prepare you for any hair loss treatments you want to take.