Two drugs used to treat both hair loss and prostate problems could carry another risk that men might want to know about: long-term sexual problems. It’s a low risk— overall, just 1.4 percent of men who took the drugs suffered long-term erectile dysfunction. But it lasted a very long time: more than 3 ½ years after they stopped taking the drugs, the team at Northwestern University found. The younger the men, the bigger the risk, they reported in the journal Peer J. The drugs are sold under the brand names Propecia, Proscar and Avodart and are known generically as finasteride and dutasteride. One dose treats the effects that can trouble men as they grow older and the prostate enlarges, from trouble urinating to discomfort. A lower dose can be used to stop hair loss.“Our study shows men who take finasteride or dutasteride can get persistent erectile dysfunction, in which they will not be able to have normal erections for months or years after stopping finasteride or dutasteride,” Dr. More new tricks with old drugs: finasteride for hair loss in women. Raymond Li, BSc(Pharm), MSc The purpose of DPIC’s Drug Information Service is to provide information to help pharmacists and other healthcare professionals provide safe and rational drug therapy. DPIC was recently asked to clarify the use of finasteride for hair loss in women. Background Hair loss can be distressing for the female patient, with women being twice as likely as men to be very-to-extremely upset and up to 70% of women reporting high levels of distress over their hair loss. Although there are various types and etiologies of hair loss in women, the most common form is female pattern hair loss (sometimes called androgenetic alopecia), which is estimated to affect 21 million women in the US and accounts for more than 65% of hair loss in women. While men typically experience central thinning with frontal and temporal recession (Hamilton patterns), women typically experience diffuse central thinning with preservation of the frontal hairline (Ludwig patterns), or thinning with frontal accentuation (“Christmas tree” patterns). Hamilton patterns of hair loss are also be seen in women, but infrequently.
In addition to simply preventing loss, some evidence also suggests finasteride can stimulate new hair growth. Results of trials are impressive. When it comes to hair loss medication, there are two popular medications that can be taken to aid hair loss. Finasteride and Minoxidil are often given to those.