Finasteride

Finasteride belongs to a class of medications called 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. Thanks to Rocky, you can now get your finesse back.

 

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Why Finasteride?

Finasteride prevents the breakdown of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is responsible for male pattern baldness in men. Studies show that Finasteride has helped approximately 90% of men stop hair loss and improve hair density. These effects are commonly seen with long-term use on a daily basis making it the go-to medication for treatment of hair loss in men.

How much Finasteride do I need?

The recommended daily dosage is 1mg with or without food. There are no statistically significant benefits in taking more than the recommended daily dose. If you miss a dose, just skip it — you don’t have to double up the next day.

Side Effects?

Finasteride is a rather well-tolerated medication in most males. Although rare, occurrences of sexual dysfunction have been observed. If there is a decrease in performance or libido, our Rocky team can help.

Finasteride FAQs

What is Finasteride?

Finasteride is a clinically tested, Health Canada authorized treatment for hair loss. It is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor which works by decreasing the breakdown of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is believed to be the reason for inherited male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). By reducing the amount of available DHT, it decreases the ability for this hormone to cause hair loss.

How effective is Finasteride?

Taking a daily dose of 1mg of Finasteride for a minimum of three months has proven to be 85% effective in increasing hair regrowth. But your hair will reach its full potential at the one-year mark. It’s important to note that Finasteride will not create hair follicles; it treats existing follicles, so start early and continue the therapy for as long as recommended to see results. Continued use of finasteride is needed to maintain desired effects beyond one year.

What are the side effects of Finasteride?

Finasteride is well-tolerated, but, like all medications, it can cause side-effects. Sexual dysfunction from taking Finasteride is rare (occurring in less than 2% of patients) but talk to your doctor if you experience any changes. This can include loss of libido, erectile dysfunction or decreased ejaculate volume. Side effects tend to subside after discontinuation. When it comes to Finasteride and prostate cancer, the link is far from known. Studies have shown a possible increased risk but the clinical significance of these findings are inconclusive. As with any medication, Finasteride can cause a severe allergic reaction. Although very rare, if you experience symptoms such as trouble breathing, swelling of your throat or tongue or hives please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Can I safely use Finasteride with Minoxidil?

Yes, they actually work in harmony to promote hair regrowth. Finasteride focuses on preventing the breakdown of testosterone into DHT and Minoxidil stimulates blood flow to the scalp.

Is Finasteride available over the counter?

No, Finasteride is available by prescription only.

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