Finasteride is both the active ingredient and the generic form of Propecia, used to treat male pattern baldness or hair loss. This treatment is commonly used among men suffering from hair loss. It works by preventing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone or DHT.

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What Is Finasteride? 

Finasteride is the active ingredient in branded hair loss treatments, Proscar and Propecia. It is also the generic, yet equally effective drug used to treat hair loss in men. Finasteride is also frequently prescribed to treat an enlarged prostate. It can be used to treat various other issues including excessive hair growth in female patients. It is also one of the drugs in a hormone therapy transgender women use. The drug is administered orally.

What Is Finasteride Used For? 

Some men in their 30s start experiencing the first symptoms of hair loss. Finasteride is used as a treatment for male pattern baldness. The effectiveness of the treatment depends on various factors including age, genetics, overall health condition as well as their response to the treatment.

Some patients respond faster to the treatment, while others have to take it for some time before any signs of improvement start to manifest. However, most patients should start seeing the first signs of improvement within a year of starting the treatment. If not, they should consult their physician about a possible alternative.

What Does Finasteride Do? 

Finasteride is an alpha-reductase inhibiting medication meaning it blocks the function of the enzyme which converts the male hormone testosterone into its active form dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

As men age when testosterone gets converted to DHT, prostate glands become more susceptible to getting enlarged. Therefore, as Finasteride helps prevent conversion to DHT, it can also help treat enlarged prostate and related issues.

On the other hand, hair loss is common in over 80% of Caucasian males and very rare in females under the age of 50. In males, the thinning of the hair usually occurs in patterns, mainly the central scalp area as well as scalp vertex, therefore it’s commonly referred to male pattern baldness.

Finasteride blocks the 5 alpha-reductase enzymes and inhibits DHT, which has proven to be one of the most effective ways of preventing male pattern baldness symptoms. This is because excess DHT negatively affects hair growth as it shrinks the follicles in the scalp area. Less DHT means fewer follicles shrink and those that have can regenerate and grow hair again. Therefore, the drug is highly effective in preventing and reversing the effects of hair loss in men.

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Due to its DHT inhibiting nature, there are possible side-effects to using Finasteride including:

  •         Impotence
  •         Lower libido
  •         Abnormal ejaculation
  •         Trouble orgasming
  •         Hand or feet swelling
  •         Breast swelling or tenderness
  •         Weakness
  •         Dizziness
  •         Headaches
  •         Skin rashes

Some side effects may not disappear when you stop taking Finasteride. If you have any concerns regarding the side effects consult your physician.

While only a small percentage of patients exhibit side effects of using Finasteride, they are not uncommon. In most cases, the side effects subside after the body adjusts to therapy and if they don’t it’s best to consult your doctor.

That said, several factors contribute to the side effects manifesting in Finasteride. Therefore, some of the effective ways to prevent side effects of Finasteride include:

  •         Lowering your Estrogen levels. Taking Finasteride can increase the level of the female hormone estrogen in a man’s body by up to 15%. The increased levels of estrogen are usually responsible for the side effects related to ED and libido issues. Therefore, decreasing estrogen can help prevent the side effects of Finasteride. Some of the most effective ways to decrease estrogen include taking Zinc or Grapeseed extract, consuming cruciferous vegetables, and losing weight.
  •         Increasing Nitric Oxide Levels. Nitric oxide is the main component of Viagra and therefore important in maintaining a healthy libido. There are natural ways to increase the levels of nitric oxide in your body including eating foods with high nitric content such as spinach or beets, taking pomegranate juice, and taking nitric oxide supplements such as Citrulline.
  •         Reducing the dosage. Reducing the dose of Finasteride decreases the chance of side effects occurring. If you are concerned about your dosage and possible side effects consult with your doctor or our online staff.
  •         Take ED Medication. Erectile dysfunction drugs such as Cialis, Viagra, or Levitra can be used to counteract the ED side effects of using Finasteride. Sildenafil is the active ingredient of Viagra and can help you get and maintain an erection before sexual intercourse. If you take it one hour before an expected sexual activity you can enjoy the act without any issues.
  •         Switch To Topical Finasteride. Finasteride also comes in topical form. While the topical form is equally effective in combating male pattern baldness, it is also less likely to cause any side effects. Even if the Finasteride gets into your bloodstream, the dose is smaller and less likely to cause any side effects.

Finasteride is almost instantly effective in slowing down the process of hair loss. However, it usually takes anywhere between 3 to 5 months before the effects of the medicine are visible as hair growth is relatively slow. It usually takes between 6 to 9 months to notice the full effects of taking Finasteride. After a year of taking Finasteride, you can see if the treatment is effective in growing new hair. However, Finasteride is almost always fully effective in preventing further hair loss.

You should take Finasteride once a day, preferably at the same time every day. Take a whole pill with a glass of water, before or after a meal. Do not crush the drug when taking it. If you forget to take your dose, make sure you do as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses if you’ve missed one the previous day. Missing one dose will not harm your overall progress.

You should keep taking Finasteride for as long as you want to keep seeing results. Quitting the drug can cause you to lose all the progress you’ve made while taking it. If you stop taking it, your hair loss will continue on the same level as it has before you started taking the treatment.

People with anxiety disorder or depression should consult with their physician before they start Finasteride therapy. Children or women should not take Finasteride under any circumstance. Finasteride can cause severe birth defects if a woman is exposed to it during pregnancy.

People allergic to one or more ingredients of Finasteride should avoid the drug at all costs. Finasteride can be absorbed through the skin. Therefore, if any children, women or pregnant women get in touch with a crushed or broken Finasteride pill, they should immediately wash the area thoroughly using soap or water. Finasteride should not be taken by anyone under 18 years old as well. Make sure you consult your physician before taking a Finasteride therapy.

You can find both Finasteride and its branded counterpart Propecia, you can visit our online store. Just fill out your prescription online and you’ll get your dose in a free-tracked delivery. Consult our online support for any questions or concerns you have about using this drug.