Prescription Hair Loss Medications for Men

INTRODUCING: finasteride

Finasteride is an FDA-approved medicinal treatment for men’s hair loss, taken in pill form once a day. The drug works by inhibiting the enzyme, 5alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the androgen hormone linked to genetic hair loss. By blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT, Finasteride enables the scalp to resume the natural growth cycle.

How effective is Finasteride for men’s hair loss? In a two-year clinical study, 83% of male participants with noticeable hair loss stopped losing hair with the pill, and 66% were able to regrow hair. A low dose of 1mg of Finasteride is proven to reduce the conversion of DHT by over 60%.

Effective results require daily use of the pill, and ongoing treatment is necessary to maintain results.

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For years, Male Pattern Baldness was thought incurable, and for many men, that fact remains. However, the effectiveness of Finasteride for men with Male Pattern Baldness deserves acknowledgment.

Finasteride is most beneficial for men with a predisposition to genetic hair loss, as it blocks the disruption of the hair growth cycle caused by androgen hormones.If you’re suffering from hair loss, consult with your doctor about taking Finasteride. 

FINASTERIDE for men's hair loss

Most men will experience some type of hair thinning, shedding or hair loss in their lives. In some cases, it’s temporary and resolved with proper treatment. For others with Male Pattern Baldness, or a medical illness, hair loss can significantly impact their livelihood, security, and happiness.

By age 50, 85% of men will experience hair loss, as reported by the American Hair Loss Association. Does that mean you give up and resign yourself to a future without hair? Not at all. There are several men’s hair loss solutions to delay the progression of hair loss, and Finasteride is one of them. Clinical trials show that for many men, Finasteride can prevent hair loss, as well as regrow lost hair.

How to Use Finasteride for Hair Loss

Finasteride comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day with or without food. Take Finasteride at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Finasteride exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

If you are taking Finasteride to treat BPH, you should know that Finasteride may control your condition, but will not cure it. It may take at least 6 months before your symptoms improve. Continue to take Finasteride even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Finasteride without talking to your doctor.

If you are taking Finasteride to treat male pattern hair loss, it may take at least 3 months before you see any improvement because hair loss and growth happen slowly over time. However, you should expect to see improvement during the first 12 months of your treatment. If you have taken Finasteride for 12 months and have not noticed any improvement, further treatment probably will not help. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue your treatment.

Finasteride will only slow hair loss while you are taking the medication. Continue to take Finasteride even if you have already noticed an improvement. Do not stop taking Finasteride without talking to your doctor. You will probably lose any hair that grew back while you were taking Finasteride during the first 12 months after you stop taking the medication.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine


Finasteride is taken in a low dose 1mg pill and is generally well-received by the body. However, younger men should take precautions and work carefully with their doctor, as there are reports of psychological and sexual side effects. Of course, age, medical history, health, lifestyle, and genetics influence whether or not you are a candidate for Finasteride. 

Longevity is always the primary goal of hair loss treatment. While Finasteride can help prevent hair loss, it may take 1-2 years to see results. In the meantime, cosmetic solutions can help you maintain a strong sense of self-image, confidence, and vitality. 


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