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Which side effects can finasteride cause?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Finasteride is only safe for use by adult men in the treatment of male pattern baldness. Women and children must not take this medication, and pregnant women must avoid coming into contact with it."

Dr Louisa Draper

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Finasteride is a common drug used in the treatment of hair loss or pattern baldness in men. Finasteride is the generic version of the active medicine used in Propecia, which works by decreasing the amount of the sex hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in the male body.

DHT is a hormone that can cause the hair follicles on your scalp to shrink, making it difficult for healthy hair to grow or regrow. By blocking the production of DHT in the body, finasteride helps normal hair growth to resume. Your hair loss should reduce or stop within three months of regular use.