It is an oral medication, taken once a day, and available on prescription. It is prescribed to stimulate hair growth in men with male pattern baldness. Propecia’s active ingredient is finasteride, and it was originally developed to treat a condition which causes enlarged prostate glands (benign prostatic hyperplasia). Finasteride works by reducing dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels in the scalp. The hormone DHT contributes to male pattern baldness, and Propecia medication helps to reverse the hair loss process by decreasing the effect of DHT on the hair follicles. It takes around three months to see any results from using Propecia. It is recommended for men over the age of 18 only and must not be taken by women. More new tricks with old drugs: finasteride for hair loss in women. Raymond Li, BSc(Pharm), MSc The purpose of DPIC’s Drug Information Service is to provide information to help pharmacists and other healthcare professionals provide safe and rational drug therapy. DPIC was recently asked to clarify the use of finasteride for hair loss in women. Background Hair loss can be distressing for the female patient, with women being twice as likely as men to be very-to-extremely upset and up to 70% of women reporting high levels of distress over their hair loss. Although there are various types and etiologies of hair loss in women, the most common form is female pattern hair loss (sometimes called androgenetic alopecia), which is estimated to affect 21 million women in the US and accounts for more than 65% of hair loss in women. While men typically experience central thinning with frontal and temporal recession (Hamilton patterns), women typically experience diffuse central thinning with preservation of the frontal hairline (Ludwig patterns), or thinning with frontal accentuation (“Christmas tree” patterns). Hamilton patterns of hair loss are also be seen in women, but infrequently.
Finasteride is FDA and Health Canada approved for men with hair loss. Although it's not formally FDA approved for use in women, the medication has been prescribed to women with androgenetic alopecia for nearly two decades. When a physician prescribes finasteride for androgenetic alopecia in women, they are said to be using these medications in an 'off label' manner. The following is the key point about using finasterde for women : The public needs to understand there are many views among physicians on finasteride. There are some physicians that will never prescribe this medication to women - period. There are some physicians who will prescribe it only to post-menopausal women. There are some who will prescribe to some pre-menopausal and some post-menopausal women - but only on a case by case basis - and only with full counselling of risks and benefits. A study by Dr vera Price and colleagues in 2000 suggested a 1 mg dose in post menopausal women did not help androgenetic alopecia. Propecia prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. Propecia is used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area. Male pattern hair loss is a common condition in which men experience thinning of the hair on the scalp. Often, this results in a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head. Propecia is for use by men only and should not be used by women or children. Propecia may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. Propecia should never be taken by a woman or a child.
Note Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not use finasteride or handle the crushed or broken tablets. Finasteride can cause birth defects. I'm wondering if I can stop Rogaine and start Finasteride. I believe. Thank you for your question. There was a study 5 years ago using.