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Finasteride prevents hair growth at the top of the head called "crown" and also stops hair follicles growing below this point. Finasteride works best for individuals whose hairline recedes during adulthood. Men over 18 years old can safely use finasteride.
Children under 18 years old should not take this medicine without consulting their doctor first.
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Finasteride helps reduce hair loss by blocking DHT, a hormone associated with male pattern baldness. It does not cure men who have lost their hair due to other causes.
A drug used to treat BPH, Finasteride helps prevent hair loss and reduce enlarged prostate tissue. This medication works by reducing levels of dihydrotestosterone (a form of testosterone made after conversion through the action of an enzyme known as 5 alpha Reductase Type 2 - also known as SRD5A2.) The reduction of Dihydrotesterone decreases enlargement of glandular tissues within the prostate resulting in improved urine flow rates and reduced bladder pressure. In addition, finasteride inhibits the formation of sebum oil (sebaceous glands produce oils that aid lubrication) thereby decreasing oily discharge.
Men taking Propecia® 0.5mg, 1mg, and/or 5mg once a week experienced significant improvements in both total head count and percentage reduction compared to placebo after 4 months. Hair growth was observed in over 80% of patients treated with either dosage level of Propecia®, regardless of whether treatment began before or during the active phase of terminal telogen effluvium. In fact, hair grew back sooner than expected in many cases. The results obtained indicate that Propecia® provides substantial benefit to individuals suffering from thinning hair due to genetic predisposition or hormonal imbalance. For this reason alone, Propecia® represents an essential element of any regimen designed to address male pattern baldness.
Is Finasteride effective?
Finseride has proven effectiveness at reducing both facial and scalp baldness among patients suffering from either type of hair loss. The drug appears to work similarly regardless of whether the patient suffers mainly from frontal/crownal hair loss or occipital/temporal hair loss.
Is Finasteride effective when used alone?
A recent meta analysis concluded that while minoxidil produced significant improvements in hair growth compared to placebo, this was not statistically superior than finasteride. However, given its lower price, many physicians recommend starting treatment with minoxidil rather than finasteride unless patients do respond poorly to minoxidil.
Finasteride is the active ingredient in Propecia; however, this drug does not work for everyone. If you notice any side effects while taking Finasteride then contact your doctor immediately. Your physician will determine whether additional treatment options would benefit you.
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Propecia® is the generic form of finasteride
Finasteride inhibits the production of dihydrotestosterone by blocking the enzyme type 2 isoform 1 alpha subunit. This prevents the formation of dihydrotestosterone, thus reducing facial hair growth. It does not affect other hormones associated with male pattern baldness. Finasteride has been shown to reduce scalp levels of DHT by approximately 50% after 12 months of treatment.