What is Finasteride?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Proscar Propecia Finpecia

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Finasteride is used to treat male baldness and for benign prostatic hypertrophy. It may also be used after radical prostatectomy in the treatment of prostatic cancer and female hirsutism; may reduce the incidence of prostate cancer.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Benign prostatic hyperplasia 52 41
Hair loss 14 7
Male pattern baldness 11 6
Bladder problems 4 4
Gender dysphoria 3 1

Show all 13 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 3
Mild 17
None 44

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Finasteride

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 2
Erectile dysfunction 2
Semen production decreased 2
Sexual dysfunction 2
Breast enlargement 1
Difficulty with orgasm 1

Show all 13 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Finasteride

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 29
1 mg daily 5
5 mg every other day 1

Why patients stopped taking Finasteride

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 11
Did not seem to work 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Other 3
Personal research 3
Side effects too severe 3
Expense 1
See all 20 patients who've stopped taking Finasteride

Duration

Currently taking Finasteride

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Finasteride

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 55
Usually 8
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 55
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 10
< $25 36
Not specified 18

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Finasteride after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tamsulosin (Flomax) 2
Dutasteride (Avodart) 1

Patients stopped taking Finasteride and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Dutasteride (Avodart) 1
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7 patient evaluations for Finasteride

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Dec 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Voiding once in 4 hrs.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 14, 2016 (Started Dec 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Good night sleep and 1/2 hour siesta
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 25, 2016 (Started Dec 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Hair growth better than my sibling
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 28, 2014 (Started Dec 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 12, 2013 (Started Dec 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Look out for increased Hair growth and need to go to hair dresser once in 2 months. Increased duration between voiding, Increased control on bladder.

Apr 11, 2012 (Started Dec 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 1. Daily morning after breakfast never a miss. 2. Muscle tone has improved and the gums and teeth have turned stronger to the surprize of my dentist. 3.Excellent voiding and urine schedule back to once in 3 hours. Tenormin keeps BP between 125 and 140S / 67 to 71 D

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Jun 9, 2015 (Started Oct 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Taken along with Flomax

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Feb 11, 2014 (Started Mar 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for urinary retention)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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