TLDR Finasteride treats enlarged prostate and may help with baldness, but effects on sexual function and male fetuses are unclear.
This document from 1994 discusses the drug finasteride, which inhibits the production of dihydrotestosterone and is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia. The drug has been shown to reduce serum concentrations of prostate-specific antigen and may prevent or attenuate male-pattern baldness. However, its effects on sexual function are unclear, and there is concern that it may prevent virilization of male fetuses. The article suggests that further research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits and risks of finasteride.View this study on nejm.org →
Long-term finasteride use doesn't change bone density or metabolism.
Finasteride effectively treats BPH but may increase sexual dysfunction risk.
Taking finasteride pills and using minoxidil lotion together can help grow hair.
Finasteride effectively treats BPH, but needs more trials to understand potential.
Finasteride exposure in pregnancy causes genital abnormalities in male rats.
Finasteride safely lowers DHT levels without affecting testosterone.
Finasteride may treat baldness but less effective for those with 5α-reductase deficiency.
Finasteride 1 mg every other month works as well as daily dose for hair loss maintenance.
Finasteride effectively improves hair growth and slows hair loss in men with male pattern baldness.