Finasteride for female androgenetic alopecia

    October 2002 in “British Journal of Dermatology
    Thai Ke, Rodney Sinclair
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    TLDR Finasteride increases hair density in female androgenetic alopecia, but individual results may vary.
    This article discusses the use of finasteride for female androgenetic alopecia. The study found that after 12 months of treatment with finasteride, the patient reported a significant increase in hair density. Finasteride is a 5α-reductase inhibitor that prevents the conversion of testosterone to DHT and is approved for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in men. However, recent studies failed to demonstrate any efficacy for finasteride 1 mg daily in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in postmenopausal women. The study concludes that finasteride was effective in reversing the progress of androgenetic alopecia in this patient, but whether it was due to the different dosing schedule or simply variation in individual patient response is unclear.
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