‘Post-finasteride syndrome’: what to tell our female patients?

    September 2018 in “British Journal of Dermatology
    J. Mervis, Luis J. Borda, Mariya Miteva
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    TLDR Finasteride for female hair loss has low side effects, more research needed.
    This research letter discusses the use of finasteride, a drug used to treat male pattern hair loss, in women for the treatment of female pattern hair loss and frontal fibrosing alopecia. The study conducted a PubMed search for all reported instances of women taking finasteride for hair loss and found a very low prevalence of adverse effects, including decreased libido, and no data on post-finasteride syndrome (PFS) among women taking finasteride for hair loss. Nonetheless, the authors suggest that further studies are needed to better characterize the long-term side effects of finasteride use in women.
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