Oral finasteride

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Finasteride is an oral medication that treats male pattern hair loss, otherwise known as androgenetic alopecia, by addressing the underlying hormonal cause of your hair loss.


  • If taken daily, you can expect to see results in three to six months. Full results are typically seen in one to two years if you continue to take the drug as directed.
  • Finasteride should never be taken by children or cisgender women.
  • Finasteride tablets should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or may become pregnant.


  • Take medication as directed by your dermatology team.
  • Take with a full glass of water.
  • Take with or without food at the same time each day.
  • If you miss a dose, do NOT take an extra tablet. Wait until the next day to take medication as usual.


  • The most common side effects include abnormally low blood pressure, altered interest in having sexual intercourse, breast tenderness, decreased amount of semen upon ejaculation, enlarged breasts, rash, fluid retention in the legs, feet, arms or hands.
  • Tell your doctor or seek medical help right away if you experience the symptoms of an allergic reaction (rash/hives, swelling, and/or trouble breathing) or side effects become too irritating for continued use.
  • This drug may affect sex drive or ability to have sex.


  • Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children.
  • Store it at room temperature and away from light, excess heat, and moisture.