1. What is Finasteride?
Physician Promise brands that include finasteride: PhysiPro Grow™ and PhysiPro Grow+™
It is commonly used for hair loss or enlarged prostates.
Mechanism of action: 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor and decreases levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the prostate and scalp
For hair loss the dose is 1 mg every day for at least 3-6 months
2. What does Finasteride do for my hair?
It maintains or increases the amount of terminal hairs in the anagen phase of hair growth cycle
It is very effective in vertex pattern hair loss but can also work on other hair loss locations
It is effective in more than 80% of patients with hair regrowth in 3-5 months but needs to be taken daily
3. Is Finasteride FDA approved?
Yes, finasteride and minoxidil are the only FDA approved medications for hair loss.
4. Is Finasteride safe to use?
Yes. There are minimal side effects. Patients with liver disease should not use finasteride.
Side effects may include:
Less than 3% for the following: