Before we check out what happens with finasteride before and after and discuss the growth phases. I’ve been using Finasteride for over a decade with amazing results myself.
It works wonders together with Minoxidil. Check out my guide here
What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is one of the successful medication to combat hair loss, it has been approved since 1997 as a hair loss medication. It is also popularly known under brand names Propecia and a less so Proscar.
Finasteride and minoxidil are the only officially approved FDA medications for hair loss
How long does it take for finasteride to start working?
I started taking finasteride, well actually expensive Propecia first and I kept going with it, every morning I had 1mg and used minoxidil twice a day. (about 18 months later I switched to finasteride which is cheaper and exactly the same thing in my opinion.
After 6-9 months I couldn’t believe the change. The change is slow, although it starts to compound, make sure you take pictures before you start the process, they can just be on your phone.
Take the pictures in the same place at the same time so the light/shadow doesn’t change the appearance of your hair growth, this can really help understand just how much it can change over time.
PRO TIP: Many of my friends quit after 6-12 weeks. Why? Because they hated the baby hairs. Signs of new hair that was really soft came through. This is a great sign it is working and they still quit. No one notices these hairs but you (you’re the one looking so closely)
You should push through it – you’ll be glad you did. The hairs just need time to thicken and become stronger.
It takes time for finasteride to take effect. First, it reduces the DHT in your scalp, which is suffocating the hair follicles so you need to take it on faith, or the many success stories (like me) and on reddit. You should start seeing results in 3 months, although you should keep taking it for 9-12 months and see what the results are then.
These photos from the Belgravia centre show really good growth over 10 months.
What other effects could finasteride have after you take it?
In most cases most people report no side effects, I’m in this camp although online you’ll find a heap of side effects, it’s worth being aware of them so you can assess if you feel anything different.
I strongly recommend the 1mg tablets, you do not need a stronger dose and this may result in more side effects. I’ve previously bought the stronger 5mg finasteride and cut into quarters but I felt it was not worth the risk so stopped after a week.
The biggest side effect reported is a downturn in sex drive, losing interest in sex, or not so normal ejaculation, I’ve never met anyone this has happened to, not to say it doesn’t happen. It must be terrifying – please comment if you are taking finasteride already to give people a balanced view.
Other reported symptoms:
- hands or feet rash or swelling
- swelling or tenderness in the body
- Feeling dizzy or weak
You could try a natural alternative to finasteride that has very promising research behind it at the hair loss revolution
The BIG 3 in the fight against hair loss
If you are just starting to try and grow your hair or you are already using medication the best combo is finasteride and minoxidil which helps give it a real boost.
The other highly recommended product is Nizoral shampoo (which contains ketoconazole).
- Finasteride (1mg Daily)
- Minoxidil (Once or twice a day)
- Nizoral (twice a week, no more)
The biggest downside of taking Finasteride?
Once you take it, you can’t stop.
Not from addiction, but because if you do, your hair reverts back to how it would look without the medication so you are kind of held hostage although with no side effects, it not a big deal to most people.
If you are early on in your hair loss, I highly recommend trying a natural alternative such as biotin or peppermint, first of all, you can buy a solution from hair loss revolution or search out individual products on Amazon.
Propecia is the largest brand name, followed by Proscar (both owned by pharmacy giant Merck & co.
I started on Propecia, then I discovered the generic brands available which I now use, here is a full list of finasteride names I’m aware of:
|6||Finabald (2.5 mg)|
|8||Finabald (5 mg)|
|12||Finara (5 mg)|
|35||Master -Mind (1mg)|
|36||Master -Mind (5mg)|