Finasteride is a medicine used to treat male pattern baldness. With an easy once-daily dose, it works by preventing the hormone DHT being created within the body, allowing the hair follicles to grow to their normal size. It has shown to regrow hair in men or in the worst case scenario, prevent further hair loss.
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Finasteride 1mg, sold under the brand name Propecia, is an alpha-reductase inhibitor, which works to reduce the production of testosterone. Testosterone acts to shrink hair follicles; however, Finasteride blocks this action, reducing hair loss.
Does Finasteride work on older men too?
Finasteride works in men of any age and is indicated for use in men over the age of 18. It has, however, shown to be most effective in younger men.
Is Finasteride a permanent hair loss treatment?
For people that have taken Finasteride 1mg daily, it has shown to be effective and work for 15 years or more and typically works for the full duration of the course of treatment. There is a possibility that the effectiveness of Finasteride may lose some of its effectiveness over time.
Does Finasteride cause infertility?
For the majority of men taking Finasteride tablets, they do not experience any problems when trying to conceive.
Can I stop taking Finasteride?
If you stop taking Finasteride tablets, it will not lead to further hair loss. However, you will not receive the benefits you had while you were taking the medication. This may result in you experiencing an initial shedding of hair.
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking Finasteride 1mg.
Common side effects may include:
- Growth of breast tissue
- Sexual dysfunction
- Skin reactions
- Swelling in hands and feet
- Loss of interest in sexual activity
Some men experience depression when taking Finasteride for hair loss. If this is the case, you should stop taking Finasteride immediately and inform a member of the team or your GP should you develop any signs and symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts.
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.