Frequently Asked Questions
The medical term for male pattern baldness is 'androgenetic alopecia.' It is far and away the most common form of hair loss in men. It is especially prevalent in Caucasian men and can affect up to 30% of Caucasian men by age 30, and up to 50% by age 50.
Male pattern baldness is caused by changes that result from your genes and hormones. Some men simply inherit baldness. For some it is due to hormones called androgens which, among other functions, help regulate hair growth. Each hair on your head has a growth cycle. With male pattern baldness, this growth cycle begins to weaken and the hair follicle shrinks, producing shorter and finer strands of hair. Eventually, the growth cycle for each hair ends and no new hair grows in its place.
Finasteride is FDA-approved to treat male pattern baldness.
Although it is approved as treatment, finasteride isn't guaranteed to work on everyone. Studies have shown that after five years of treatment, 90% of men taking finasteride experienced either a growth of new hair or a halt to their hair loss. Specifically, about half of men showed an increase in hair growth, and 40% reported no new hair loss. To put that in perspective, 6% of men treated with a placebo (no finasteride) had an increase in hair growth, and 75% of those not taking finasteride lost hair.
Taking finasteride is not a quick fix. The medication needs to be taken daily and you may need to take it for several months for it to work and to see results. It can even take up to 12 months before you get the full effect of the medication. Stopping the medication can lead to continued loss of hair or even loss of the hair you gained while on the treatment.
The prescription will be filled and mailed from a US pharmacy. We are located in the USA and all of our physicians and affiliated pharmacies are licensed in the state you live. You can feel safe that the prescription you buy is 100% authentic.
Any male over the age of 18 with male pattern baldness who lives in FL, GA, IL, IN, MO, NY, OH, PA, UT. We can only prescribe finasteride if deemed appropriate to treat male pattern baldness after consultation with one of our physicians. Consultations require a web cam to complete.
Finasteride blocks the process of testosterone becoming a derivative hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which shortens the growth phase of hair follicles. Finasteride only works while you are actively taking the medication.
Finasteride is generally safe to take. There is a small chance of causing serious side effects. These include but are not limited to allergic reaction, breast cancer, sexual dysfunction, and high-grade prostate cancer. It is important when you start finasteride that you read all the information provided to you before starting the medication. We want to help treat your male pattern baldness, but we also want you to make an informed decision regarding your treatment plan.
1.5% of patients may experience problems in sexual function including but not limited to erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, ejaculatory disorders and reduced sperm count.
Women of childbearing age should not take finasteride or touch broken tablets, as finasteride can cause birth defects.
Please refer to the package insert that comes with the medicine for a full list of side effects and warnings.
No. We can only give you a prescription if we’re confident that you have ‘male pattern baldness’. Other health conditions can cause hair loss, but finasteride won’t help you.
We can’t treat hair loss in women. If you’re a woman wanting treatment for hair loss, please visit a doctor in person for a detailed discussion of your treatment options.
No. We can only prescribe finasteride if you’ve got visible signs of hair loss, including thinning or a receding hairline and you’ve experienced hair loss for at least six months. That said, your hair loss doesn’t need to be drastic before you start using our service.
Yes. There's another medication called minoxidil (brand name ‘Rogaine') that's available over the counter without a prescription. Minoxidil has been shown to not be as effective as finasteride. It does, however, have a lower risk of serious side effects because it's a topical medicine that you apply to your scalp. There's no compelling evidence to show that using both finasteride and minoxidil is any better than finasteride alone.
Many men choose not to take any treatment for hair loss and instead let their hair loss run it's natural course.
Some men with significant hair loss contemplate surgical treatment. You should speak with a hair transplant specialist to determine if you'd be a good candidate for surgical treatment. Patients opting for surgery are often put on hair loss medication both before and after surgery.