finasteride for men hair loss treatment

Finasteride, sold under the brand names Proscar and Propecia among many others, is a oral medication pill used to treat hair loss and benign prostatic hyperplasia in men. Finasteride is a 5α-reductase inhibitor and therefore an antiandrogen.

Finasteride has shown to be effective as a hair loss prevention treatment for male pattern baldness. In rare cases, finasteride can also aid in hair regrowth, but this is rare.

Like with any drug or medication, finasteride does come with the risk of side-effects. Side-effects from using finasteride can include; low libido, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, breast enlargement, skin rash, feminisation, and depression.

You should speak to your doctor before taking finasteride or any other medication.

There are some safe alternatives to consider, such as non-medical hair supplements like HR23+®, but the effects will vary from person-to-person. 

Non-medical hair supplements can be effective for hair loss prevention in as many as 8 out of 10 men. There are no risks of negative side-effects, and they re available to purchase over-the-counter.