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Finasteride is a drug used to treat male pattern baldness and enlarged prostate. It is contraindicated for woman and children. It treats enlarged prostate by decreasing the amount of hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. Decreased DHT is also associated with reduced hair fall on the head.

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I am considering Finasteride for hair loss and receding hairline. Please suggest.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 19 years old and currently using topical Minoxidil for a receding hairline. Small new hairs have grown on my temples but do not seem to be getting any thicker. I am considering starting Finasteride but am worried about shedding and potential side effects. How quickly would shedding...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The side effects caused by Finasteride are temporary and not permanent. Once you stop the drug, the side effects will go off. As related to sexual health, loss of libido and erectile dysfunction are a bit rare. Finasteride 1 mg every day is t...  Read Full »

Are Minoxidil and Finasteride effective in hairfall treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I was suffering from hair fall. My hair is very thin. Then I used Mintop 10, Finasteride 1 mg tablet for one month. After starting this prescription for 20 days hair is not falling. But for the last 10 days, so much hair is falling. Can I continue or stop Mintop and Finax?  Read Full »

Dr. Megha Kakani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and I saw your pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The hair problem you are having this problem is called androgenic alopecia. It is common in this age group. It is due to hormonal changes in the body especially testosterone a...  Read Full »

I am suffering from male pattern hair loss. Can Finasteride help?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from male pattern hair loss for a long time. I had tried saw palmetto for a short duration and got a decent result (as suggested by a trichologist) but did not continue due to lack of information on long term effects. Please suggest if Finasteride can help in hair susten...  Read Full »

Dr. Yeshwanth Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Can you please upload a few pictures if possible to advise the appropriate treatment. Are you married? If yes, did you complete your family?  Read Full »

My urologist recommended Finasteride for four weeks before TURP. Is there any alternative medicine?

Query: Hello doctor,I will be having prostate TURP surgery in five weeks. My Urologist has recommended daily Finasteride four weeks before to reduce bleeding during the surgery then stop. I am worried that Finasteride has been linked to prostate cancer. Is this true? Is there an alternative medication to r...  Read Full »

Dr. Gajanan Shirpad Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Before I begin, let me assure you that there is no evidence that Finasteride causes malignancy when used for short term such as four weeks. As such, both Finasteride and Dutasteride can be used for reducing the vascularity of the prostate. Dutasteride is a good alter...  Read Full »

Why was Finasteride prescribed despite no urinary symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 66-year-old male. My only medical history is hypertension (controlled) with Norvasc. I went for my routine prostate test a couple of months ago and the result stated: 1. PSA - 9.8 ng/mL. 2. Free PSA - 1.9 ng/mL. 3. Percentage free PSA - 19.4 %. I went back to another doctor a f...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After analysis of the history provided, I would like to give you a brief idea of the same. Firstly PSA (prostate-specific antigen) varies with age. As the age advances, it keeps increasing. Secondly, in spite of that, the PSA level mentioned in your report is in a...  Read Full »

Why did my hair lose thickness after giving birth?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 years old woman. I have two kids. After my second delivery, my hair became so thin. I lost my hair density. Before my delivery, my normal hair will be so thick. Thyroid, sugar level, hemoglobin are normal. I am taking Vitamin supplements also. There is no improvement. Why have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Perhaps you have androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia mainly affects the front, mid and vertex part of the scalp. In this type of alopecia, there is hair loss and thinning which manifests as reduced hair density and volume. Minoxidil and oral Finasteride are appro...  Read Full »

My sexual urge and erections declined after taking Finasteride. Kindly help.

Query: Hello sir,I am 24 years old. Two years ago, I used Finasteride 1 mg for three months, and after that, I noticed that my sexual urge had declined and my erection stopped. I needed constant stimulation to stay erect. The pleasure during ejaculation is not as good as before, and I think my testes have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I can provide general information about Finasteride and its potential side effects. Finasteride is a medication used to treat male pattern baldness and enlarged prostate. It works by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to dihyd...  Read Full »

I have hard bumps on my penis shaft. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have hard bumps on the shaft of my penis, which gets itchy only if touched. I think the cause was masturbation. I have had them for about two months and take Finasteride for it. Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I have checked the picture (attachments removed to protect patient privacy), which shows two fluid-filled boils. Are there only two boils or are there more on the other side? Is it increasing in size or numbers? If there i...  Read Full »

How does Finasteride 1 mg cause male infertility?

Query: Hello doctor, If high testosterone levels mean higher sexual drive, how come Finasteride 1 mg causes infertility in men? Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Sharath Kumar. C

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your assumption is not correct. Finasteride is an oral tablet available in several brand names such as Proscar and Propecia. It is also available as a generic drug in some places. Uses of Finasteride are; 1) Finasteride is used to treat the symptoms of an enlarged...  Read Full »

Is it fine to plan for baby when taking Finasteride?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been consuming Finasteride 1 mg for more than a year for androgenic alopecia. I have mild hair fall concentrated at the vertex. My hair started thinning before four years, mostly at the vertex. My age is 36. I am in excellent health and married. Now, I am planning for a baby. Curre...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query in detail and do understand your concern.Studies have shown that there is no risk to the mother or fetus if the partner is on Finasteride 1 mg daily while conceiving and thereafter. However, females should avoid handling these tablets during pregnan...  Read Full »

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