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Finasteride is a generic form of the medicine Propecia. Finasteride is an effective treatment against male pattern baldness – a common condition among men. Finasteride blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The treatment is taken as a daily tablet.
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Finasteride is a generic form of the medicine Propecia. Finasteride is an effective treatment against male pattern baldness – a common condition among men. Finasteride blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The treatment is taken as a daily tablet.


Finasteride is the generic name of the medicine branded under the name of Propecia. The medicine is helpful for treating male pattern (androgenic) hair loss in men. Finasteride reduces the hormone dihydrotestosterone in the scalp to help arrest hair loss.

The male hormone testosterone gets converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in men. An excess of DHT in the male body has an adverse effect on hair follicles. As DHT increases, with time hair follicles begin to shrink in size and are unable to produce new hair; this causes baldness. Finasteride blocks the conversion of testosterone to DHT, thus reducing the presence of this hormone at the scalp. This process helps the hair follicles to regain their natural size, start growing hair again, and thus stops hair loss. Finasteride is on average 90% effective at stopping hair loss in most cases.

However, hair growth is a slow process, and it will be 3 to 6 months before the Finasteride results are visible. Usually, hair growth or a significant change in the appearance of hair is visible only after 12 months. If you have taken the hair loss medication for a year – you can hopefully see the realistic status and trajectory for the treatment and if it will have good long term results or not.

Finasteride should be taken as one 1 mg tablet a day. Swallow the Finasteride tablet whole with a glass of water, before or after meals. If you miss a tablet, do not compensate by taking two tablets the next day. The missed tablet does not have a negative effect on the results. Do not crush the tablet.

Finasteride needs to be taken continuously as long as you wish to prevent hair loss in men. If the daily finasteride dose is stopped, hair loss is likely to begin again at the same rate as it was before you began the medication.

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When taking Finasteride, keep the following safety information in mind –  

  1. If your baldness is a result of something other than natural male pattern baldness, you should not try to prevent hair loss by taking Finasteride 

  1. Finasteride is not to be taken by women or children. This is a hair loss medication for male pattern baldness, to be taken only by men. 

  1. Finasteride can create health problems for pregnant women or for women who are about to be pregnant. Therefore, this medicine should not be handled by women who are expecting. 

  1. Finasteride may be taken alongside other medication, but make sure to inform your doctor about the other medicines you have been taking before starting a daily Finasteride dose.  

  1. Finasteride may cause inaccuracies in the blood tests for prostate cancer. If you are to be tested for prostate cancer, make sure to inform the doctor about your dosage of Finasteride. 

  1. Always read the patient information leaflet before taking a prescription medicine like Finasteride.

Before taking Finasteride, inform your healthcare provider about:

  1. Any other medical conditions you have, especially related to the prostate or liver.

  1. Any other medications that you are taking regularly. These could be prescription or non-prescription medicines including vitamin supplements, herbal medicines, or painkillers.

Propecia and Finasteride contain the same active ingredient i.e. Finasteride and work to treat male pattern baldness in the same way. Propecia is the branded medicine and Finasteride is the generic version of the same medicine. The generic version is usually a cost-effective alternative.

Some of the most common hair loss medications are FinasteridePropecia and Regaine. There is a difference in the way these three medications work. Here is a comparison of all three: 





Effective in arresting baldness or starting hair re-growth in 9/10 men 

Effective in arresting baldness or starting hair re-growth in 9/10 men 

Prevents hair loss or helps to regrow hair in 8/10 men 


Finasteride 1mg 

Finasteride 1mg 

Minoxidil 5% 

How To Use 

One 1mg tablet per day 

One 1mg tablet per day 

Apply 1ml medicine to scalp, twice daily. 

Time to Work 

At least 3 months 

At least 3 months 

Minimum 8 weeks 

  1. When is the best time of day to take Finasteride?

    There is no recommended time of the day to take Finasteride. It can be taken anytime.

  2. Can Finasteride cause hair loss?

    No, Finasteride does not cause hair loss, it helps to arrest and reverse hair loss. Some men have reported increased hair loss in the first 3-6 months of taking the medicine, but this usually settles within this time and is not a permanent concern.

  3. Does Finasteride cause cancer?

    No, there is no proof of the Finasteride causing cancer.

  4. What is Finasteride 5mg used for?

    Finasteride in doses of 5mg is used to treat enlarged prostate in men.

  5. Will Finasteride work better if I take a higher dose?

    No, it is not recommended to increase your dose of Finasteride. It does not improve the Finasteride results in any way.

  6. Does Finasteride work in older men?

    Finasteride has proven effective in arresting and reversing hair loss in men up to the age of 41. Men older than that have also been prescribed Finasteride for treating hair loss, but there are no studies or proof to show that the medicine has worked in older men.

  7. Will Finasteride reverse complete hair loss?

    Finasteride will not cause hair to grow back in an area of your scalp that has already gone bald. However, it helps in preventing further hair loss by helping your active hair follicles to grow more hair and remain active.

  8. Can Finasteride cause depression?

    In rare cases, depression is a side effect of taking finasteride. If you feel depression or low mood for prolonged periods the medication should be stopped and your doctor should be consulted.

  9. Are the improvements with Finasteride long-lasting?

    Finasteride needs 6 months or more to show visible results. The maximum benefits last for around 2 years, but once the hair loss medication is stopped the results start to reverse in a few months.

  10. Can you drink alcohol with Finasteride?

    Yes. Finasteride does not interact with alcohol. You may drink alcohol with Finasteride.

  11. How long does Finasteride stay in your system?

    Finasteride stays in your system for up to seven days.

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