Finasteride is available as a prescription-only hair loss medication and is widely known under the brand name Propecia, however the actual medication is Finasteride and you will actually pay a lower amount for the same product if you avoid the branded version.
It belongs to a group of medicines called 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors and has been used as a method of treating hair loss since 1990.
As a way to test the effectiveness of Finasteride, researchers conducted an extensive five-year medical trial to identify any long-term effects caused by taking the medication as well as any short-term effects and results. After the five year period, the results gather were shown to be extremely positive.
42% of the men in the trial who had taken Finasteride experienced renewed hair growth in areas where they had started balding, another 48% of the men involved in the trial period noticed that their hair loss had ceased and that no more hair had fallen out. Overall, 90% of the men who were taking the clinical trial experienced positive results and effects from the treatment.
The five-year clinical trials involving Finasteride not only showed the conclusion that it is a successful hair loss solution for men who are suffering with male pattern baldness but that it also improved the overall condition of their hair with many saying that it was noticeably thicker and stronger.