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Does Finasteride work?

Medically reviewed by Dr Knut Moe,
Sons Medical Director

"In my experience, the treatments on offer with Sons include the most effective medical treaments available to treat male pattern hair loss."

13 December 2019
2-minute read

This article has been medically verified by Dr. Knut Moe - Medical Director at Sons

 

If you’ve been trawling the internet looking for effective solutions to your hair loss, Finasteride may have come up a few times. This medication is one of the key elements of most hair loss treatment programmes, including ours here at Sons. However, there are often misconceptions floating around about Finasteride that may put men off going ahead with the medication. So - to answer a frequently asked question - does Finasteride actually work?

 

Does Finasteride work?

The short answer is yes - most of the time. Finasteride has been used as an effective treatment for male hair loss for over 20 years. Based on a variety of clinical studies, our medical experts recommend Finasteride as the most effective agent for the treatment of hair loss. This study discovered that Finasteride showed hair regrowth in 66% of participants after consistent use over a two year period. Other clinical studies have highlighted that Finasteride alone can stabilise hair loss in up to 90% of men. 

 

However, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology shows that Finasteride used in combination with Minoxidil is an even more effective treatment for hair loss. Combining a variety of medications and supplements into one simple treatment plan is a key reason why our plans are so effective. 

 

How do I maximise the effectiveness of Finasteride?

Consistent use is vital if you want to feel the full effects of Finasteride. As part of our treatment plans, Finasteride should be taken once a day for a prolonged period of time. While one pill a day doesn’t sound like something you would forget, it can be all too easy to skip a day or two. Whether it’s after brushing your teeth or just before bed, we recommend combining your intake with other parts of your daily routine.

 

Various clinical results have highlighted that the earlier you take Finasteride during the process of hair loss the more effective the results will be. Finasteride works by blocking DHT production in your hair follicle. So, the more hair that is present when you begin taking the medicine, the more effective the treatment will be. Spotting those early signs is crucial if you want the treatment to have a transformative effect. Finasteride is not effective in treating men who have entirely lost their hair follicles, so getting started early will give you the best chance of success. 

 

As with most medications, Finasteride requires consistent consumption over a period of time to maximise your chances of regaining your hair. If you mix your medication in with your daily routine and spot those early hair loss signs, Finasteride could stop your hair loss in its tracks. To begin your hair loss treatment, take our Sons consultation today.

 

The content provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not rely upon the information provided in this article for specific medical advice. Prior to starting any medication you should consult with your primary care provider if you are on any other medication to ensure that it is safe to do so and read the patient information leaflet, paying particular attention to potential side effects.  If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

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