Product Name: Firide
Manufacturer: Siam Bheasach
Content: 30 tabs per box - 1mg per tab
Effective Dose: 1mg per day
Finasteride Male pattern baldness is the common type of hair loss that develops in most men at some stage. The condition is sometimes called androgenetic alopecia.
Hair is made in hair follicles. A hair normally grows from each hair follicle for about three years. It is then shed, and a new hair grows from the follicle. As balding develops, affected hair follicles gradually become smaller than normal. Each new hair that grows is thinner and shed more quickly than before. This eventually leads to a much smaller hair follicle and a thin hair that does not grow out to the skin surface.
Male hormones are involved in causing these changes. Hair follicles convert testosterone (the main male hormone) into another hormone called dihydrotestosterone. Affected hair follicles become more sensitive to dihydrotestosterone and this causes the hair follicles to shrink. For some men, this normal ageing process can be distressing, particularly if it is excessive or occurs early in life. Treatment with finasteride can help prevent further hair loss. It works by stopping the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.
Why Do Some Men Lose Their Hair?
Men who lose their hair do so because they are genetically programmed to lose their hair. Somewhere in their genes it says something like “at age 25 you will start to lose your hair” and DHT carries out the order. If there is no DHT then you do not go bald. An extreme example: eunichs (boys who have had their testicles removed before puberty) do not go bald, even with a strong family history. Without testicles there is no testosterone and therefore no DHT. If you give DHT to a eunich (and they have the “bald gene”), then they will start to bald at their pre-programmed age.
Finasteride must be taken for at least six months to see results. Most men who take Finasteride are successful and at the very least stop the hair loss. Most men also reverse some of the balding, because recently lost hair grows back (see “how we bald” above). Finasteride seems to be more effective at filling in your “bald spot” then it is at reversing your receding hair line.
What Happens If I Stop Taking Finasteride?
Like any other medicine, Finasteride only works when you take it. Many patients are worried that if they stop taking Finasteride, then they will end up worse than if they never took it in the first place. This is simply not the case. If you stop taking Finasteride, then you may lose some of the hair that Finasteride “created”. As a side note, I have personally observed many patients who stopped using Finasteride after many years, and did NOT seem to lose their hair.
How To Take Finasteride
Before you start this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside your pack. The leaflet will give you more information about finasteride and a full list of side-effects which you may experience from taking it.
Take one (1 mg) tablet each day, exactly as your doctor tells you to. Try to take your doses at the same time of day, as this will help you to remember to take them. You can take the tablets before or after meals.
If you forget to take a dose on time, take it when you remember. If you do not remember until the following day, skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
Can Finasteride Cause Problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.