Finasteride belongs to a group of medicines called 5 alpha reductase inhibitors and has been used to treat hair loss since 1990.

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What is Finasteride (Propecia)?

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.

A box of finasteride - a medication used to combat the effects of hair loss

Are Finasteride results proven?

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.

How does Finasteride work for hair loss?

Finasteride is used as a long-term method of decreasing the effects of DHT* on hair follicles. It has a very high success rate for those suffering with mild/moderate levels of hair loss but is required to be taken for several months before any effects are seen.

*DHT is the more commonly known terminology for dihydrotestosterone. Genetic baldness is caused by a disorder that causes individual hair follicles to become sensitive to DHT and as a result of this, they start to shrink, weaken and eventually die which in turn causes the hair loss.

Chart showing the results of Finasteride when used to combat hair loss


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