After a few months of starting their hair-loss treatment with Finasteride, some people notice that their hair starts to shed. Although shedding might seem like the exact opposite of what you’re trying to achieve, it’s nothing to worry about. In fact, it means that the treatment is working. You should take it as a good sign.
What if Finasteride isn’t working?
Taking Finasteride doesn’t guarantee that your hair will grow back. Even though many people see results, not everyone will. If you feel like Finasteride isn’t working after six months, you shouldn’t stop taking it. Speak to your clinician first, as some men only experience optimal results after six months. It can take even longer than six months in some cases. If you stop taking Finasteride abruptly, your hair may start thinning and falling out even faster than it was before your treatment.
Can you speed Finasteride up?
No, you can’t speed Finasteride up. You shouldn’t take more Finasteride than recommended to speed up the process. It may not work and may lead to some nasty side effects.
Finasteride also comes in 5mg tablets, but you shouldn’t take these to speed up the process. The higher dose is only available for people suffering from an enlarged prostate. Taking a 5mg dose of Finasteride instead of 1mg won’t accelerate the process, and it’s likely to cause you issues if you try to take it for your hair loss.
What happens when you stop using Finasteride?
Finasteride has a very short half-life. This means that it doesn’t stay in your system for too long after you take it. It is not a long-term solution for hair loss. Once you stop taking it, your hair will return to the level that it was before you started taking it within a few months Continuous use is the best option.
You may want to stop taking Finasteride because you’re getting side effects such as erectile dysfunction. Stopping Finasteride won’t always reverse this. This is something referred to as post-finasteride syndrome, or PFS. Post-finasteride syndrome is a disputed condition and hasn’t been widely verified by the scientific community. Conditions like erectile dysfunction are very common and easily treatable with a range of treatments.
If you started experiencing erectile dysfunction after starting Finasteride, you can continue your treatment, and use effective ED treatments like Viagra or Cialis alongside it. A physician may be able to advise you on what could be your best course of action.