What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is the only licensed oral medication available in the UK for male pattern baldness. The branded name of this medication is Propecia. Men with mild to moderate, but not complete hair loss, can benefit from Finasteride (Propecia).
How does Finasteride work?
Finasteride tablets increases hair growth on the scalp and prevents further hair loss in men as it contains the active ingredient finasteride. Finasteride specifically inhibits the enzyme 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, which converts testosterone into the more potent metabolite dihydrotestosterone. Finasteride (Propecia) helps reverse the balding process and leads to increased hair growth and prevention of further hair loss by lowering the levels of dihydrotestosterone in the scalp.
How effective is Finasteride?
In a five-year study Finasteride (Propecia) was found to have a positive effect in 9 out of 10 men suffering from male pattern baldness, with 48% of men showing hair growth and 42% showing no further hair loss. Finasteride (Propecia) does not affect hair on other parts of the body other than the scalp.
How do I take Finasteride?
Finasteride 1mg tablets should be taken once a day for at least 3-6 months before any benefit is seen. This medication should be taken regularly as its effects may be reversed 6-12 months after discontinuation of treatment. You can take this medication with or without food.
What are the cautions associated with Finasteride use?
Although Finasteride (Propecia) is commonly prescribed privately in the UK to treat symptoms of male pattern baldness. it is still important to check if the medication is suitable for you. Finasteride (Propecia) should not be used by people suffering with certain conditions or those taking certain medications. You should always read the patient information leaflet (PIL) for Finasteride (Propecia) before taking this medication to ensure it is safe for you to use.
What are the side effects of Finasteride?
Finasteride tablets like all medications can cause side effects although not all people will experience these.
Certain Finasteride side-effects include:
- Decrease libido
- Ejaculation disorders
Risks to Females: This medication should not be used by females and women of childbearing potential should avoid handling crushed or broken tablets. Also as Finasteride is excreted in semen the use of a condom is recommended if sexual partner is pregnant or likely to become pregnant.
If you want any more information about the side-effects associated with the use of Finasteride (Propecia) please refer to the patient information leaflet (PIL) or contact PostMyMeds.
Where can I find more information on Male Pattern Baldness and Finasteride?
Please refer to the patient information leaflet (PIL) for further information on Finasteride. You can find more information on Male Pattern Baldness on the Conditions category page.