Finasteride

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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Can Propecia cause trouble sleeping?

Query: Hi! I'm having trouble sleeping for quite some time now. I don't fall asleep fast, I haven't really felt good even after sleeping, instead i feel quite tired as I keep waking up several times in the middle of the night. I am taking Propecia for my hair problems, could it be an effect of that medicin...  Read Full »


Dr. Peter Grutas

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello! thank you for reaching out how long have you been taking propecia? one of the adverse effect of propecia includes sleep behaviour changes such as insomnia. Other cognitive effects include difficulty in maintaining attention, emotional sensitivity, depressed effect and anxiety that may lea...  Read Full »

Why do I get thinning of hair and excess hairfall even in the age of 17?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 17-year-old male. Since I started to grow my hair, I began to realize how thin it is naturally. Is there any way to thicken it up? But the main concern is that since I have grown it, I started to experience excessive shedding. By only passing my hand on my head I would get on av...  Read Full »


Dr. Bincy Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the information given it seems you are experiencing the early signs of male pattern hair loss. This is a very common condition and there are many factors responsible, one of them being genetic. If you have other family members with similar patterned hair loss the c...  Read Full »

Please suggest the right medication for hair thinning problem.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old male. I have thinning hair and was planning of preventing through medication. I was planning on taking Finasteride.  Read Full »


Dr. Bincy Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the information given it seems you are experiencing the early signs of male pattern hair loss. This is a very common condition and there are many factors responsible, one of them being genetic. Due to the effect of the male hormone on the hair cycle, over a perio...  Read Full »

Can I use Finasteride for hair loss?

Query: Hi doctor, I am losing my hair day by day. Can I use Finasteride? I have hydrocele. Is it related to my testosterone?  Read Full »


Dr. Annie Flora G

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do not go to Finasteride straight away. First, the cause and the pattern of your hair loss have to be assessed. It could vary from seborrheic dermatitis to androgenic alopecia to any other skin disorders too. Then, treatment can be planned. Have a consultat...  Read Full »

What are the horizontal lines on my finger tip?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to know what the horizontal lines on my fingertips are. They appeared within a couple months, along with more lines on my hands than ever before.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen images attached here (attachment rremoved to protect patient identity). It does not signify towards any health issue. It seems to be normal flexor creases. Finasteride drug that you were taking can lead to hand swelling, headache, weakness, nausea, etc., a...  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

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

Can I use Hair4U for hair loss?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old male. I am suffering from hair loss for the past three to four years. I can see my hairline slowly receding from the forehead. I have been suggested Hair4U 10 % lotion and Biotin tablets. Do these drugs have any side effects on the body? Can I take Finasteride for h...  Read Full »


Dr. Meha Malhotra

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The treatment started by your doctor is fine. The only thing is that the treatment for hair loss has to be followed for a long time and you need to be regular with your follow up visits. Regarding side effects, both these medications (Hair4U and Biotin tablets) are pre...  Read Full »

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

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 suste...  Read Full »


Dr. Yeshwanth Kumar

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 Bhat

General Surgeon, Urologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

Initially Minoxidil helped me in growing hair, but not now. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I am using Minoxidil for nine months now for the bald patches on my head. A little progress was seen between 3 to 4 months but no progress recorded afterwards. Can you suggest me what is wrong or if I should change my prescription?  Read Full »


Dr. Payal Chauhan

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. You can use Minoxidil for androgenetic alopecia and it takes times in a few people to gain full results. Sometimes there can be shedding of hair in between but you will recover from it if you keep using it. So stick to it. 2. You can also add tablet Finasteride 1 m...  Read Full »

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