Finasteride, a hair loss drug frequently prescribed by Phoenix Health, has become a widely popular medicine of choice for men experiencing hair loss. This is because it is one of the few medications proven to be effective in the battle against baldness. However, as with any drug, Finasteride must be used for some time before its benefits are apparent.
What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is a popular medication used in the treatment and prevention of male pattern hair loss. It is a type II 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, which prevents the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a hormone that shrinks hair follicles and causes them to miniaturize, which causes hair loss. By inhibiting DHT production, Finasteride ensures that hair loss is countered to prevent the complete loss of hair.
The First Three Months of Finasteride
One of the exciting things about Finasteride is that it goes to work immediately. Within the first week of taking it, Finasteride begins blocking DHT. However, it is essential to note that it takes at least three months to notice effectiveness. This is why men need to continue using the drug even after seeing improvement in their hair loss.
After the Third and Fourth Month
You should begin to notice differences in the amount of hair loss after the third and fourth months of taking Finasteride. This difference will primarily be that you’ve noticed your hair is no longer thinning, but it may not appear to be growing back. Finasteride’s primary purpose is to stop hair loss, and it takes time for the hair to regrow. Some men never experience hair regrowth, just a reduction of hair loss.
The Long Term Effects of Finasteride
Finasteride has been proven to be effective in the battle against hair loss. However, it is essential to remember that it can take from six months to a year from the time you begin taking the drug before you can see a noticeable difference in the rate of hair loss. In most cases, hair loss stops altogether, and the existing hair begins to grow back.
It is important to note that Finasteride will not grow hair back for everyone. Studies show that it is only effective in approximately 66% of men who use it to regrow hair. However, Finasteride is very effective at stopping your hair from thinning. You’ll notice a before-and-after with long-term use of Finasteride.
The Bottom Line
Overall, it takes about a year to see the full results of Finasteride. You’ll see a difference in the rate of hair loss during the first few months of taking the drug, and then you’ll begin to see the hair growth. The majority of men will see a reduction in hair loss during the first three months. It’s important to remember that you should continue using Finasteride for at least a year to have the desired outcome.
Finasteride is available through Phoenix Health, an anxiety-free telehealth platform exclusively for men. No camera is required, and you’ll connect with a certified physician in a text-based chat to discuss your hair loss. Schedule an appointment today to begin regaining your confidence.
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