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Finasteride - Medication Overview
Through Push Health, you can request a finasteride or Propecia prescription online and get the medication at a local pharmacy or shipped directly to you. Finasteride is frequently used in the treatment of male pattern hair loss. Hair loss is a common problem that can consist of symptoms ranging from slight thinning of the hair to full loss of most of the hair, exposing the scalp and resulting in an unwanted appearance.
Finasteride - Medication Benefits
Finasteride is a medication that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern hair loss. The FDA approved finasteride as it is often more effective than over-the-counter treatments for improving hair loss.
Finasteride - Prescribing and Dosing
Finasteride is generally prescribed in 1 milligram tablets although the specific dosing depends on the prescribing medical provider. It can take several months before one starts seeing the benefits related to taking finasteride. People who discontinue finasteride after taking it for a period of time might lose any hair that grew while taking the medication. Finasteride is also available in 5 milligram tablets.
Finasteride How It Works
Finasteride is part of a class of medications known as 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. Finasteride blocks the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase which converts testosterone to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is thought to accelerate male pattern hair loss and finasteride can decrease levels of DHT in the scalp and the serum.
Finasteride vs. Propecia
Finasteride is the generic version of this hair loss medication. Finasteride also exists as a branded version called Propecia which is produced by Merck and Co. The generic version of finasteride is frequently cheaper than Propecia but the price of the medication depends on the pharmacy. If you are specifically interested in receiving either generic finasteride or Propecia, please consult with the medical provider through Push Health after submitting your finasteride prescription request.
Effectiveness of Finasteride
Finasteride helps reverse hair loss in many men but it does not work for everyone. Also, people who have been taking finasteride or Propecia can lose any hair that grew from taking finasteride if the medication is discontinued.
Finasteride Side Effects
While safe in many people, finasteride can cause serious side effects such as an allergic reaction. Other side effects include problems related to sexual activity, including trouble ejaculating, low sex drive, decreased sperm count and erectile dysfunction as well as cancer. Most side effects will go away once finasteride is stopped. Finasteride can cause birth defects and the medication should not be handled by women of childbearing age.
Finasteride - Ordering Online
Because they are prescription medications, one cannot simply buy Propecia or finasteride online. Instead, finasteride needs to be dispensed by a licensed pharmacy online or at a retail pharmacy location after a prescription is written by a medical provider. Through Push Health, you will be connected with a licensed doctor or medical provider in your state who can prescribe the medication for you if it is safe to do so.
Last updated April 1, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.