One of the most common drugs used to treat hair loss is Finasteride, better known under the brand name Propecia, approved by health authorities for the treatment of male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) more than 20 years ago. Finasteride is used to treat male alopecia only, this drug is not intended for women.

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How does Finasteride work ?

Finasteride is a drug in the form of 1 mg tablets, it belongs to the family of 5-Alpha reductase inhibitors. It works by preventing the 5-Alpha reductase enzyme from converting testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which is the hormone responsible for hair loss. This is why Finasteride is commonly referred to as a DHT blocker.

DHT is only blocked when Finasteride is active in the body, so the drug must be taken daily to take full effect. When the use of Finasteride is interrupted, the body will begin to convert testosterone to DHT again and hair loss will continue its course.

How do I take this medicine ?

One tablet should be taken daily, with or without food. It is advisable to take the tablet at the same time every day to maximize its effectiveness.

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What if I forget to take the medicine one day ?

If you forget to take the medication at the usual time, take one tablet as soon as possible. If it is almost time to take the next tablet, take only this one. Do not take an extra tablet.

What can I expect when taking this medicine ?

It may take at least three months of daily intake of Finasteride to notice an improvement in hair loss. It is recommended to continue taking the drug to continue to benefit from the result. If the medication is stopped, the improvements will disappear after approximately 12 months.