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is finasteride a safe medication to take for hairloss

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Posted on Tue, 5 Feb 2019
Question: is finasteride a safe medication to take for hairloss
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Regarding finasteride

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to ask a doctor service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Yes, finasteride is a very safe and FDA approved medication for androgenetic alopecia in males. It is usually prescribed along with topical minoxidil in a dose of 1mg, once daily. However, a few individuals (1-2%) may experience sexual side effects like decreased sexual drive/ libido but these side effects are usually transient and resolve despite continued treatment with oral finasteride.


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is finasteride a safe medication to take for hairloss

Brief Answer: Regarding finasteride Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome to ask a doctor service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Yes, finasteride is a very safe and FDA approved medication for androgenetic alopecia in males. It is usually prescribed along with topical minoxidil in a dose of 1mg, once daily. However, a few individuals (1-2%) may experience sexual side effects like decreased sexual drive/ libido but these side effects are usually transient and resolve despite continued treatment with oral finasteride. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if you need any more assistance