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finasteride (Firide) and minoxidil

Firide- Hair Loss

Alopecia, or hair loss, is more common than people think. 1 in 50 people struggle with alopecia at some point in their life. It could be brought on by heredity, hormonal adjustments, medical procedures, or aging. Changes in look, a decline in confidence, and anxiety can result from hair loss. It is advisable to seek treatment or consult with a doctor in your area if you are experiencing severe hair loss.

Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness, is a common form of hair loss in males and females. The hair loss is in a specific pattern or area, usually above both temples. Over time, the hairline reduces to form a visible “M” shape, which can eventually lead to partial or complete baldness, if not treated. Perhaps the most important factor for a male losing their hair which is less spoken about is the effect on self-confidence. For this reason alone many men decide to stop male-pattern baldness early with a variety of treatments that are proven to be effective.

Androgenetic alopecia in men has been associated with several other medical conditions including coronary heart disease and enlargement of the prostate. Additionally, prostate cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity has been connected to androgenetic alopecia.

How can I stop my hair loss – Firide.

Finasteride, also known as Firide, is a medication used to treat hair loss (androgenetic alopecia), prostate cancer, as well as prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in males by converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. Firide comes in tablet form, which can be taken with or without food. The medicine reverses the balding process in some patients but halts hair loss as a base case. Slowing the hair loss so it becomes unnoticeable or insignificant is the result achieved by the majority, hence the importance on stating early. It does this by blocking the body’s production of a male hormone in the scalp that inhibits hair growth. Other than being used as a preventative measure, Firide can also be used to stimulate hair growth (regrow hair). According to clinical trials published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings, “90 percent of men with hair loss who used finasteride either maintained their hair or saw improvements in hair growth”.

How do I take Firide?

Firide 5mg is used for treating BPH (enlarged prostate) but Firide 1mg is the line of treatment for hair loss or male pattern baldness mentioned above. It is used for hair loss in men only. Firide 1mg comes in the form of one small pill which is taken daily. For this reason it is very easy to incorporate and make part of your daily routine with ease. The treatment may take up to 3-6 months before you notice its results fully and must be taken continually daily to maintain its benefits. Stopping for a few days or a week does not reverse the full effects, but it is reported that after stopping for about 1 month, the half life of Firide and body’s removal of the drug means that after approximately this time has elapsed the hair will resume its natural course of the hair loss.

Should I worry about the side effects of Firide for hair loss?

There is a lot of information online about this and it can become overwhelming. The best thing to do is to speak to your doctor to discuss your worries and how you can start the treatment under their close monitoring. In clinical trials for a small number of patients it was reported that they had decreased libido, decreased semen volume and impotence. Others include headaches or ‘brain fog.’ There are side effects with any medication and will be monitored should they arise. Stopping the medication will reverse any side effects.

What about minoxidil?

There are two main approved treatments for hair loss, finasteride (Firide) and minoxidil. Each has a different mechanism for how it achieves this. Minoxidil is often used as a topical lotion or foam massaged into the hair. It is also available as an oral medication for those who dislike the topical solution. Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator and works by promoting blood flow to the hair to encourage hair growth.

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