Finasteride 1 mg - The Basics

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what is it?

Finasteride is a prescription medication that works by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into DHT and is used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss and enlarged prostate, depending on the dosage. 

With Finasteride, men can treat hair loss on the top and front mid-scalp area by slowing hair loss and improving hair growth. You can learn more about Finasteride for hair loss and what to expect here and here.

what’s in it?

Active Ingredients:

hims’ tablets are film-coated and contain 1 mg of Finasteride.

Inactive Ingredients: 

Docusate sodium, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinised starch (maize), sodium starch glycolate, talc, and titanium dioxide. 

i placed an order, how does this work?

Since this treatment is a prescription medication, after you place your order you will be prompted to complete a medical assessment which will be reviewed by a doctor. From there they will let you know if they recommend treatment. you can find more info about our medical advisors and care delivery here

what’s the recommended dosage?

Men should always follow specific recommendations provided by medical professionals, but generally, Finasteride is prescribed as one 1 mg tablet to be taken by mouth each day. It will not work faster or better if you take it more than once a day. Here is some info about how to maintain your results. 

how soon can I expect to see results?

Results can start showing in 3-6 months, however please keep in mind results vary per person. According to studies by the FDA, most men who took the recommended 1 mg dosage of Finasteride saw a reduction in hair loss within 11 months. Here is some info about how to best maintain your results and keep your progress going. 

once I stop taking it will the effects reverse?

Men will only notice results from a 1 mg dosage of Finasteride while they are taking the medication regularly. According to studies by the FDA for Propecia, if men stop taking the recommended Finasteride dosage, it is likely they will lose the hair gained within 12 months of stopping treatment. You can find more about what happens if you stop taking your Finasteride prescription here

do medical professionals approve of it for hair loss?

Yes. Propecia - branded by Merck - was approved by the FDA in 1996. It is the #1 prescribed drug approved by the FDA for male pattern hair loss.

what is the success rate?

Finasteride is the #1 prescribed drug approved by the FDA for male pattern hair loss. According to studies by the FDA, most men who took the recommended 1 mg dosage of Finasteride saw a reduction in hair loss within 11 months.

In clinical trials: 83% of men stopped further hair loss and 65% experienced some level of hair growth.

what are the potential side effects?

Finasteride, like all medications, can cause side effects. Clinical studies conducted by the FDA for Propecia have demonstrated that side effects were uncommon and affected a small percentage of men. Side effects that some men experienced included sexual dysfunction. 

does taking it affect sexual performance?

Finasteride, like all medications, can cause side effects, however it is clinically recognized as a safe drug for treating hair loss. Clinical studies by the FDA confirmed that less than 2% of men taking a 1 mg dosage of Finasteride experienced sexual side effects though, for the majority of men, sexual side effects subsided when treatment was stopped.

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