History of finasteride
In the beginning of the nineties, Finasteride has been put on the market as a drug against prostate enlargement. The medicine called Proscar did help with prostate problems, However, during the testing phase of the product it turned out to have a remarkable side effect. The majority of the test persons seemed to a clear increase in the hair growth. So eventually the medicine didn’t seem to be a good catch at battling prostate diseas, however it did develop to be a really populair medicine for fighting hair loss.
How does finasteride work ?
Men that suffer from hair loss have an increased concentration and higher sensitivity towards the male hormone dihydrotestosterone also called DHT. DHT is produced in the male genitals by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. Research has shown that balding men suffer from a higher concentration of this enzyme compared to non- balding men. Finasteride disrupts the actions of 5 -alpha-reductase and thereby inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into the more potent hormone DHT. As a result, an important process in the development of hair loss in men is blocked.
How do I use Finasteride?
The normale dosage for finasteride is 1 tablet per day. You can take the medicine together with a glas of water. It can be taken without food. It is best that you take the tablet at the same time on each day. From the moment you will start taking finasteride it will take about 3 to 6 months before you will start to see any results. You have to keep taking finasteride if you want the results to stay. If you stop taking finasteride the new gained hairgrow will dissapear over a period from 9 to 12 months. Be aware that you never use larger amounts or take finasteride more often than described. You have to carefully follow the instructions on the prescription label. Finally it is best that you keep Propecia out of reach and sight of children and stored at room temperature away from moisture, lights, and direct heat. Always make sure to keep the bottle tightly closed when you are not using it.
What kind of results can I expect from finasteride?
It is important to note that finasteride takes time. You dont have to expect any results before 3 months. If your body responds well to finasteride you could expect your hairloss to stop in about 4 months. The average male will have to wait for about 12 months to stop losing hair. You will see the best results on average after 2 years. Studies have shown that there is a 83% chance that you will keep the hair that you have at the moment of starting the finasteride. You just have to be patient.
Unfortunately the results of finasteride will not last forever. Finasteride will start to lose effectiveness over time. How long the effects will last is different per person. If you read the experiences from people on the internet this can vary from 5 till 15 years.
Safety and side effects
Before you start taking finasteride as a hairloss treatment please take into consideration that there is a risk at possible side effects. If you notice any side effects during it is advised to cut the dosis in half and see if the side effects dissapear. If the side effects won’t dissapear it is wise to stop the medication.
Possible side effects:
– Decreased interest in sexual intercourse.
– Ejaculation disorder.
– Loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance.
– Testicular pain.
– Less bodyhair
When not to use Finasteride:
– If you could be allergic to any of the ingredients in the finasteride product.
– If you are a woman.
– If you are a child.
Currently there are two products that have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of baldness: topical minoxidil and oral finasteride. At this moment the topical finasteride formulation does not have an FDA approval yet, but a few studies have already shown that topical finasteride has a good chance of being the hair loss solution that people have been waiting for. The main reason for this, is that the chance of getting side effects while using the topical solution seems to be significantly lower compared to taking finasteride orally. And while the side effects for topical finasteride seem to be lower the effectiveness for topical finasteride looks to be similar to taking finasteride orally.
In one study two test groups where compared over a period of 24 weeks. One test group used a 3% minoxidil lotion and the other group used a minoxidil 3% plus 0,1 Finasteride lotion. The outcome was that the haircount for both test groups was approximately equal but the test group that used the 0.1% topical finasteride appeared to have a lot thicker hair.
In a second study the therapeutic effects of finasteride gel where compared to finasteride tablets in treatment of the androgenetic alopecia. The outcome of this study was that the therapeutic effects of both finasteride gel and finasteride tablet were relatively similar to each other.