Q. How to avoid side effects due to Finasteride tablets for hair loss in a 23-year-old?

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Dr. Shanza Ikram
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 13, 2022


My 23-year-old son started suffering from hair loss at the age of 17 years. Initially, his hair became thin, followed by severe hair loss. I took him to a dermatologist, who prescribed multivitamins and application of Minoxidil, but there were no results. All his blood tests, including vitamin D, thyroid profile, and CBC were normal, and there is no history of baldness in our family. We also tried homeopathy but got no results. He seems to be suffering from male pattern baldness. Recently I took him to another dermatologist, who prescribed Finax 1 mg, and said that it should be taken two years to give results. This medicine can give bad side effects like impotence and erectile dysfunction, so I would like your opinion.



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I read your query and understand your concern.

Firstly, you need to understand that hair fall is not a life-threatening condition. However, it can affect general appearance.

Every dermatologist has their own way of treating the condition. In my opinion, I do not recommend using Finasteride for the treatment of hair loss as its side effects are more dangerous.

So I suggest you continue with Minoxidil and multivitamins.

In the longer term, If nothing works out, then go for a hair transplant rather than using Finasteride.

Thank you.

Thank you, doctor,

I am considering a hair transplant for my son, but the doctor told me that even after the hair transplant procedure, my son would have to take Finasteride 1 mg lifelong to preserve the hair. Please let me know your opinion.



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I understand your concern.

It is less likely to see hair loss after a hair transplant. Because in this procedure, hair is taken from the occipital area, which is resistant to male hormones.

I am totally against the use of Finasteride due to its side effects.

Thank you.

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