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Finasteride is a hair loss tablet. It stops hormone conversion in the body that causes male pattern baldness. You take one tablet every day. 

With an EveAdam subscription, you can buy Finasteride online, and choose how often you’d like to receive it. 

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Finasteride is a hair loss tablet you can get delivered to your home regularly with an EveAdam subscription. Start your consultation with one of our licensed prescribers and they can talk you through the best hair loss options for you. 

Having chosen your tablet, you can decide how often you’d like to receive it, and the amount of tablets too. Our registered clinician will provide you with a prescription, which will be dispensed by our pharmacy. We’ll deliver your first package to you as early as the next working day.

That’s all there is to it.

What is Finasteride?

It sounds a bit like something out of Dexter’s Laboratory, but Finasteride is actually a treatment for hair loss in men, or male pattern baldness, as it’s sometimes known. It prevents hormone conversion in the body that causes hair follicles to shrink, triggering hair loss.

It’s also used to treat men with an enlarged prostate, or benign prostate enlargement (or BPH for short). Hair loss treatment and acronyms are pretty tight, as you’ll soon see.

Sometimes Finasteride can even trigger hair regrowth, although it needs to be taken on a long-term basis for you to keep getting positive results from it.  

Male pattern baldness is usually pretty easy to identify. Hair can go first from the scalp or top of the head (vertex hair loss if you’re into technical terms) but it can also start at the front of the head, which is what’s known as a receding hairline. 

Still here? Excellent.

How does Finasteride work?

There’s an enzyme in the body that goes by a proper swanky title: 5-alpha reductase. It converts the hormone testosterone into another hormone, dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT can make hair follicles shrink, and trigger hair loss, if your body is sensitive to it. Finasteride stops the enzyme from converting testosterone into DHT, reducing the amount of the enzyme in the blood and the scalp. This helps to bolster hair growth, and prevent any more hair loss. 

Finessesteride, if you will. (We’ll see ourselves out.)

It’s important to note though that you’ll continue to lose hair if you stop using it. It’s likely that any hair you’ve gained or retained as a result of taking Finasteride will be lost between 9 and 12 months of stopping treatment.

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Finasteride effectiveness: so what do the stats say?

Clinical trials have shown that it’s pretty effective. In a five year medical study, two groups of men took a Finasteride tablet every day, or a placebo tablet. More than 80% of the men taking Finasteride daily found that they stopped losing hair within 6-12 months, and 66% even noticed hair regrowth.[1] On the other hand, the entire group taking the placebo experienced hair loss. 

The men taking Finasteride also reported a considerable improvement in their hair density, and that their hair looked better, following treatment.

Can you get Finasteride without a prescription?

How to get Finasteride online

How to take Finasteride

Finasteride comes in packs of 28 tablets. You should take 1 tablet every day, either with or without food, and you should swallow them whole. 

You should take Finasteride for as long as our doctor prescribes it. They can help you to assess if the tablets are working for you over your treatment course.

What do you do if you’ve missed a Finasteride dose?

How long does Finasteride take to work?

Finasteride and Minoxidil: how are they different?

Although they’re both treatments for hair loss, Minoxidil works in a different way to Finasteride. 

Rather than stopping testosterone from being converted into DHT, Minoxidil is what’s known as a vasodilator. This just means that it helps blood vessels to widen, and improves blood flow in certain parts of the body. It causes more oxygen and nutrients to travel through the blood to your hair follicles, which can lead to hair growth. 

Minoxidil doesn’t actually prevent hair loss as such, but stimulates hair growth by causing hairs in a resting state (the ‘telogen’ phase) to shed, and replace these hairs with new hairs (the growing, or ‘anagen’ phase). 

So while Finasteride handles the hormone side of things well and primarily stops you from losing hair, Minoxidil can really excel at promoting the growth of hair. On this basis, the two products can be very effective when they’re taken together, and in most cases, they’re safe to use together. You should always discuss taking the two treatments at the same time with your doctor first though, so they can assess if they’re both suitable for you. 

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Common side effects of Finasteride

Side effects aren’t common with Finasteride, but some men (up to 1 in 100) have reported difficulties getting an erection, a reduction in their sex drive and depression whilst taking it.[2] 

These side effects sometimes disappear once the tablet has taken effect in the body, but if you find that they persist, or if you’re concerned about them, drop our doctor a message via your EveAdam account. They may recommend trying a different hair loss treatment.

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Finasteride safety information

Before using Finasteride, it’s important to read the patient information leaflet that comes with it. You can find more safety information about Finasteride below.

More info

Can Finasteride interact with other medications?

It doesn’t usually, but if you’re currently taking, or have recently taken, any other medications, inform our clinician during your consultation.

Can any man take Finasteride?

What side effects can Finasteride cause?


[1] Shapiro, J., Kaufman, D.K. 2003. Use of Finasteride in the Treatment of Men With Androgenetic Alopecia (Male Pattern Hair Loss). Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings. U.S.A. Science Direct, [online] Volume 8, Issue 1, June 2003, pages 20-23. [Accessed 22 February 2021].

[2] McClellan K.J. and Markham, A. 1999. Finasteride. s Drug Evaluation. U.K. Springer Link, [online] 57, 111-126 (1999). [Accessed 13th May 2021].