• Around 1993, it was reported that the drug, when taken orally, have positive effects on hair loss.


  • 5mg Finasteride is available in any drug store in the US under the name Proscar®
  • 1mg Finasteride is available in any drug store in the US under the name Propecia™
  • Doctor's prescription is required for this drug.


  • Available only in selected pharmacies in the US

  • More commom overseas and are available by mail order

  • Doctor's prescription is required



  • A 30 day supply of Proscar or Propecia normally costs around $50 - $60 in the US.
  • However, the drug is also available by mail order and sometimes at a lower price.
  • Email for more details about prices and availability of Proscar and Propecia.


  • Topical finasteride is not widely available in the US

  • Overseas mail order costs about US $100 for 30 day supply

  • Email for more details about prices and availability

  • Oral finasteride is available in 5mg dosage under the brand name Proscar® or in 1 mg dosage under the brand name Propecia™. Proscar is manufactured by Merck & Co for the treatment of benign prostate enlargement. It is an oral medication. However, people who have been using Proscar also noticed that drug has positive effects on people with hair loss.
  • With the above discovery, Merck & Co started clinical testing in the early 90s to evaluate the effectiveness of Finasteride in treating hair loss when taken orally. To minimize the side effects that come with Proscar (5mg finasteride), Merck & Co. conducted clinical testing on 1 mg finasteride as a treatment for hair loss.
  • In November 1997, Merck has satisfied the panel of scientific advisors (to the FDA) that Propecia (1 mg finasteride) is effective in treating hair loss. In December 1997, the FDA officially approved the drug Propeica as the first ever anti-baldness pill in the world.
  • Finasteride is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. 5-alpha reductase is an enzyme in our body that converts the male hormone testosterone into DHT. DHT is a more potent derivative of testosterone that is believed to be the main cause of male pattern baldness. Hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT will fall off when exposed to the hormone.
  • Because Finasteride affects the male hormone in our body, women escpecially are cautioned against using the drug since it may give rise to birth defects.
  • Also, about 2 % of the participants who underwent the clinical testing for Propecia reported that they have reduced libido. People who decide to take finasteride for hair loss should be aware of this potential side effects. However, Merck argues that the side effects happened to only about 2% of the participants, which is quite insignificant considering the fact that about 1.4% of the controlled group (participants who took a placebo) had the same experience.
    • In a 24-month clinical study of Propecia on 1,215 men with varying degree of hair loss in the vertex of the scalp, 83% of the participants reported the same of higher hair count versus only 23% of the control group. Most subjects reported an increase in the amount of hair and decrease in hair loss.
    • In another clinical testing, over 1,800 men aged 18 - 41 with mild to moderate amounts of hair loss were studied for 12 months. All participants. whether receiving Propecia or placebo (the control group), were given Neutrogena T/Gel - a medicated shampoo. The results showed that the participants who took Propecia maintained or increased the number of visible hairs and noticed improvement in their hair in the first year, with the effect maintained in the second year. However, hair counts in men who did not take Propecia continued to decrease.
  • The retail price of Propecia is in the US $50 - $60 range for a 30 day supply in the US. A doctor's prescription is required for the drug.
  • Prior to the introduction of Propecia (1 mg finasteride), many people are taking Proscar (5mg finasteride) at their own risk to fight hair loss. Proscar is desinged for the treatment of benign prostate enlargement. Viewers are cautioned that they should consult their doctor before taking the drug.
  • Another derivative of the Finasteride drug is Finasteride topical lotion. While there are not a lot of clinical studies to support Finasteride topical lotion's effectiveness in treating hair loss, there are already companies selling topical Finasteride lotion for hair loss. Topical finasteride is probably more common overseas than in the US. Actually, it is kind of difficult to obtain topical finasteride in the US. Only selected pharmacies or doctor's office sell topical finasteride.
  • And the Finasteride fever doesn't just stop there. There are combination treatment that mixes Minoxidil and Finasteride lotions together for hair loss. The idea is that Minoxidil is regarded as an agent that stimulates hair growth while Finasteride is proven to reduce or slow down hair loss. So it's only natural that Minoxidil and Finasteride complement each other and that they be used in conjunction as the perfect anti-baldness treatment.
  • For example, research has shown that taking finasteride orally in conjunction with applying minoxidil/retinoid topically to the scalp can achieve very promising results in some people - see article "Improvement in Androgenetic Alopecia (Stage V) using topical minoxidil in a retinoid vehicle and oral finasteride".
  • To find out where you can get the best prices for Proscar, Finasteride Topical Lotion and Minoxidil-Finasteride Topical Lotion, Email  for details.
    • Submitted by D.W.
    • Date submitted - 11/29/97
    • E-mail address of this author is not available

    I have not regrown any lost hair with 2% minoxidil, however, I continue to use it as I am confident that it has slowed the rate of hair loss. When I stopped using it for a couple months, the amount of hair in the shower was enough to clog up the drain. Yet, when I returned to the minoxidil treatments, the extreme excess shedding halted. I have recently heard about very good results from the 5% minoxidil/finasteride combo. This is said to even grow hair in the frontal hairline for many men. Allegedly many who tried the 2% minoxidil to no avail are now seeing results with the stronger solution and oral finasteride. I just had an on-line consultation with Dr. Lee of Regrowth and he was very informative and I will be starting this new treatment regime next week. I hope to see positive results within 4 months ! I will keep you posted !!

    • Submitted by L.H
    • Date submitted - 12/4/97
    • Questions for this author can be sent to

    11 years ago I had thinning hair, decided to have hair transplants. It was very painful and results were not fast enough so I read about a permanent hair replacement in New Jersey, it sounded wonderful, wrong ! They sewed a hair piece on your head. It never heals and can become infected. Very bad idea. They were run out of business by the government, but some companies still operate. No matter what kind of procedure or name they call it, do not have anything sewn to your head. Since the pain was so unbearable I cut the sutures out of my head, I then proceeded to go with a hair piece boded on. Not a bad solution. However, activities are limited because it can come off with hard pulling, water sports are limited and no matter what they say , you will be getting tired of trips to the studio for rebounding (every 4-6 weeks). I had it clipped on, basically same as bonding but you can take off and on. This is 11 years later and I have went thru 2 more hair transplant sessions , yes they are painful but this is the only permanent answer.

    I am also using 2% minoxidil and Proscar. It has stopped my hair loss and has grown some peach fuzz in 7 1/2 months. If hair loss is a problem, try to live with it, but if you can't , there are options. All pieces are basically the same , all types of bonding are the same, none of them look 100% natural but some do look good. Don't wear thick hair when your are older - a dead giveaway. Style and color do more to look natural than expensive ones does. Go to the mom & pop hair replacement centers, don't pay $2,000 to $3,000 dollars for a hair piece, they only last up to 1 - 2 years anyway no matter what they tell you. Also, you have to keep coloring them (new synthetic hair does show promise), please do not get taken advantage of , ask questions, ask to see their work, most places just want to make a sell , if you won't buy, someone else will, don't get pressured (think and ask)

    • Submitted by Nolan Berg
    • Date submitted - 1/24/98
    • Questions for this author can be sent to

    I feel that rogaine was moderately effective in slowing hair loss, but not hair regrowth or stopping hair loss. Rogaine is also a "greasy" to the scalp and a "pain" to apply.

    Proscar has had no efffect on my hair loss in the first four months.



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