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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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Can I use a topical dose of Finasteride for hair fall to avoid the side effects of oral intake?

Query: Hello doctor, I have hair loss related to my predisposition to DHT. I first realized my hair was thinning at the age of 18 years. I went on Finasteride, which fully stopped the hair fall and my acne cleared. I then had to stop it because I had side effects, some of which I still have after discontin...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Topical application of Finasteride is available and is often a better alternative to oral supplementation. Minoxidil and Finasteride solution 5 % may be applied on the affected area once daily at night. Use only 1 ml quantity in a dropper or three to four sprays, app...  Read Full »

I have male pattern baldness, and thinning hair for several years now. What do I do?

Query: Hello doctor, In an earlier query, you had mentioned I seemed to have seborrheic dermatitis and had suggested an antifungal shampoo to be used a week thrice. I have had male pattern baldness, receding hairline, and thinning hair for several years now. Some of my male relatives have also experienced ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Seborrheic dermatitis is a widespread thing, in one form or another. Suppose it is just mild flaking and no significant erythema or patch, that is what dandruff is. You have androgenetic alopecia, as you rightly ...  Read Full »

How can I overcome hair fall issues after taking Finasteride?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been on Finasteride for three months now. Recently, I have been having a huge shed of around 100 hairs a day, up from 5 to 10 before the treatment. The hairs I shed are thick but half the length of the rest of my hair. They are also thin at the base of the hair. This hair loss ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to When Minoxidil is started, it can lead to hair loss at first because it regulates hair cycle and all hairs go into one phase leading to diffuse shedding of the hair. But eventually it stops. Ensure proper diet with vitamins and minerals. Take Biotin supplements along wi...  Read Full »

Why do I get thinning of hair even at the age of 17?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 17-year-old male. My hair is thinning on the front, and with exposure to sun or light it can be seen clearly. I have been experiencing this since last year and I have not been using any products or straighteners of any sort. At first, I thought it was just my hair type but it st...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry. I will help you with your concern. I went through your history and photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it suggests you have androgenetic alopecia also known as male pattern baldness. Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is a common cause of ...  Read Full »

Can small patches with pustules on scalp reduce hair density?

Query: Hello doctor, I have too many small patches on the head. I shaved my head recently, and now, while the hair is growing back, I can see few patches in which hair is comparatively fewer than other areas, although the patches are very small with small-sized pustules. I am currently on Minoxidil 5% for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry. I will help you with your concern. From the history, it seems either you have alopecia areata or androgenetic alopecia (AGA). But I need to see your scalp and the patches so I can suggest you definitive diagnosis and treatment accordingly. Kindly revert...  Read Full »

I am struggling with the side effects of Tamsulosin. What do you advise?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been on Tamsulosin for enlarged prostate for five and a half years. 18 months ago, I started getting some side effects. I am now getting another side effect, a blocked nose which I am struggling to get rid of. I know all the other prostate medications have the same side effects....  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concerns. Stuffy nose is one of the major side effects of Tamsulosin (Flamox). And, all alpha-blockers could cause the same issue. The medications that could resolve your problem could make the prostate worse. So, I suggest that you change the Tamsu...  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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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. You can also add tablet Finasteride 1 mg dai...  Read Full »

How can I stop hair fall?

Query: Hello doctor, I started losing hair a year ago. Probably after starting my job. Mainly hairs on my temples and side hairs on the front part of my head. I was using Nutrafol tablets and have used it for about four months now and have not seen any results. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are suffering from androgenic alopecia. Use Minoxidil 5% lotion half teaspoon twice daily and tablet Finasteride 1 mg once daily.  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.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 dermatitisto androgenic alopecia to any other skin disorders too. Then, treatment can be planned. Have a consultation wit...  Read Full »

Why is there hair thinning and loss of density after delivery?

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 »

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