HONEST FINASTERIDE REVIEW – What Is Finasteride? And Does Finasteride Work?

Product: Finasteride aka generic propecia

My rating: 10 out of 10

Cheapest place to buy: Reliable Rx Pharmacy


What does it do?!

In essence, finasteride stops the conversion of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in the body.


And what is DHT?

I plan on dedicating at least one more post to DHT, possibly more, so I’m reluctant to get too bogged down here. But essentially it stymies the health of hair follicles by shrinking them.


So, does finasteride work?

In a word, at least for me anyway. Yes!

As you can see from My Photo Diary page. I was overwhelmed by its effectiveness. Especially because I took an awful lot of convincing in order to take the plunge and try it out. I had freaked myself out by googling terms like “finasteride severe side effects” and “stopping finasteride adverse side effects” and so on. In fact, so freaked out was I by the side effects concern, that I’ve decided to add an additional post after this product review discussing finasteride side effects. Because I’d like people to be able to add their own comments and stories to that post. Others may not have had the same positive experience as me.

Ultimately, I bit the bullet and tried it because I realised that virtually every single drug in existence has known side effects. And this shouldn’t be enough in itself to put one off. Especially because, in the grand scheme of things, the side effects are relatively minor. And if everybody avoided drugs that had side effects then nobody would ever take them! I’m just getting my disclaimer out here early though, that this is my own experience, and it doesn’t mean a) everyone will be side effect free and b) that it will work for everyone. Everybody has a different physiology. But it’s been phenomenal and side effect free for me.

I trawled the various different online pharmacies and can wholeheartedly recommend these guys, they’re the cheapest, best and I now use them myself – Reliable RX Pharmacy who have a ton of generic propecia offers.


How to take finasteride.

It couldn’t be more simple really. You eat it. The above are a few 5mg tablets cut up into the normal daily dose. With a pea as a size reference!


What is the finasteride dose? And is there a maximum finasteride dose?

Broadly speaking, the recommended dose for treating male androgenetic alopecia, i.e. male pattern balding, is a 1mg finasteride tablet daily. The pharmacies near me all stock 5mg finasteride tablets so previously I would get the pharmacist to cut the tablets for me (really awkward to do on my own at home!). Usually would take about twenty minutes. So allow time. However, what I’d strongly recommend is doing what I do now and ordering them online. You can get 1mg or 5mg tablets and don’t have any of the fuss. Click here for the best promotional generic propecia offers. Order it only after you’ve confirmed that you’re suffering from male pattern balding. See my What To Ask The Doctor section for more information regarding this.


Ease of use:

It’s a tablet. You eat it. Enough said!


My verdict:

There’s not a great deal to discuss with such a simple product. Suffice to say, I would give this a resounding 10/10. It literally saved my hair! And it’s very inexpensive. I’ve had no side effects and it’s seriously easy to take. It sits beside my bed and I pop it in my gob each morning. Boom. Done. Buy it buy it buy it!!

And please comment below when you’ve tried it or if you have any questions!

12 thoughts on “HONEST FINASTERIDE REVIEW – What Is Finasteride? And Does Finasteride Work?

  1. I’m glad I came across this review as I was hesitant about this product.. from your experience, how long did it take for you to start seeing results ?

  2. Hi Lenny, I’m intrigued about this product and I’ll definitely be telling my brother about it. He’s still young and is losing his hair. How does finasteride work though? Does it stop the follicle shrinking process or reverse it altogether? Thanks.

    1. Such a great question! Essentially it inhibits DHT (more about DHT here), the hair killing androgen, and it stops the hair-thinning work that DHT is doing. Certainly in my case it has not only stopped the process of follicle shrinking but actively reversed the process as you can see on my diary page. My hair has grown back much thicker. And I have absolutely no reason to lie. This is a completely honest and accurate photo diary account.

      There’s so much more to learn about the minutiae of exactly how balding occurs and bound to be some great products in the future but for me, right now, having tried several, finasteride is absolutely the best and most effective. In combination with Nizoral shampoo, which contains ketoconazole, which has been proven to also aid in hair re-growth. I reviewed the Nizoral here – http://hairlosshelpformen.com/nizoral-anti-dandruff-shampoo-review-does-nizoral-shampoo-stop-hair-loss

  3. I’m not bald (yet) but my hair is thinning a little and I’ve tried a lot of hair loss remedies that don’t work. I have just come across this website and this drug sounds great. What kind of finasteride side effects have you had and does finasteride work for all men who have hair loss problems?

    Cheers, Neil

    1. Hi Neil,

      You sound exactly like I was before I started taking Finasteride! Thinning but not yet bald! In answer to your questions. I’ve experienced absolutely no finasteride side effects whatsoever. And it seems that I’m the norm in this. The side effects would appear to be very rare and, in my opinion, not very serious (read my blog post about finasteride adverse side effects).

      In terms of whether it works for every man. It seems, from everything I’ve read and tried, that there isn’t necessarily a one size fits all approach to stopping hair loss. The four things that I’ve come across that have been proven to work in various clinical trials are finasteride, ketoconazole (in Nizoral shampoo) and minoxidil. As well as another drug that I’m increasingly fascinated about called Dutasteride. Which is in the same vein as finasteride. And is yet to be licensed but seems, so far at least, to be spectacularly successful. So when that’s licensed I’ll most certainly be trying it and reviewing it.

      I would recommend trying finasteride if you’re sure that you have AGA (male pattern baldness – see my What To Ask The Doctor section) and I would use it in tandem with Nizoral shampoo (which contains ketoconazole). Minoxidil was also working well for me but the finasteride/Nizoral combo has been much easier to manage.

      Hope that all helps.

  4. Hello
    I have thinning hair and was looking for what best to buy when your site came up.
    The only thing im not sure of though,how long in general will i have to take finasteride, i mean i dont have to take this for the next 10 years to keep the results do i?
    Thanks for a proper review as I needed informed review and i feel yours is.

  5. Hi Roamy, thanks a lot for the post and for the question. Interestingly I had somebody ask this question earlier on my photo diary thread.

    In essence, as long as you want it to keep working then you’ll have to keep taking the finasteride. The work that it’s doing stops, once you cease taking it. Similar to minoxidil and, to be honest, similar to many medications.

    What it’s doing is inhibiting the Alpha 5 reductase enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT being the ‘hair killer’ for men with male pattern baldness. So essentially the finasteride is locking the DHT in prison. But if you stop taking it, then the DHT can wander free. If that works as an analogy!

    As I said in my response on the other thread, I really see no reason to need stop taking finasteride. It’s so effort-free. Tiny little tablet which sits on my bedside table and I pop it in my gob each morning! Done!

    Thanks for checking out the site. Keep checking back in as I’ll be expanding my content more and more over the coming weeks and months.

  6. Hey Lenny,

    I posted awhile back in November I think. How are things going with finasteride? Any side effects? Is it doing good without rogaine, or did you happen to go back on it? Hope things are good and thanks for this blog.

    1. Hiya Ian, Finasteride is still working for me for sure, haven’t needed to go back on minoxidil I think partially because I’m supplementing the finasteride with Nizoral shampoo, see my review here – http://honesthairlosshelp.com/nizoral-anti-dandruff-shampoo-review-does-nizoral-shampoo-stop-hair-loss – the two in tandem together are great. And the ketoconazole active ingredient in the Nizoral shampoo (there are other brands too of course) at 2%, as you’ll see from some of the studies I’ve included, has genuine evidence behind it working. I also just got impatient with the time drain and awkwardness of minoxidil, even though it was working well. That’s just me though!

      I’m very curious about experimenting with a new ‘miracle drug’ (how many times have we heard that before?!) called Dutasteride so I’ll let all the subscribers know if and when I try that out, it’s allegedly more effective again than Finasteride. Anyway, so far so good still with Finasteride, no side effects or issues at all. Still holding on to my hair for now and fighting the good fight! No real changes since my last set of photos which is definitely a victory! Thanks so much for the post and the question, really great interacting with other people in the same boat.

  7. Hi Lenny,

    Have a bottle of finasteride next to me bed for over a month that I’m afraid to start. I desperately need to. Thinning like you in the start and maybe worse. I can hide it but it’s going quickly. I’m 45 years old. Have you heard of men my age having success on Fin? And did you experience a shed or thinning period at the onset? I don’t know if I can take a thinning period. I’m already down in the dumps over my loss. (even at my age).

    Thanks for your review.

    1. Hi Cyrus,

      Great to hear from you.

      In answer to your questions, yes, I’ve heard from tons of men your age successfully using Finasteride and having success. The level of thinning and how far gone it is, is more relevant than your age. You’re a lucky man in a lot of ways to only be thinning at 45, so kudos there! Though that probably sounds like cold comfort right now.

      Tests have varied on subjects of a wide variety of ages and not shown any difference in efficacy between ages. Just efficacy when it comes to the level of thinning. In essence, the longer you leave it to start and the more thinning that you have, the less chance it will work as effectively. Unfortunately there’s no absolutely exact science regarding a specific tipping point (as yet – some day there might be) where it’s less effective based on a certain amount of thinning etc. So the loose rule of thumb is to start early and before it gets too severe.

      Personally I’m convinced that a combination of Finasteride and Ketoconazole shampoo, like Nizoral, is the best formula for combatting the thinning (and potential regrowth) – see the studies in my Recommended Product Reviews Section for the evidence on this.

      And in answer to your second question, no, I experienced no ‘shedding’ or ‘thinning’ period at the onset. Though I definitely experienced that when I tried Minoxidil (Rogaine etc) and I absolutely feel your fear and pain. I had a horrible period where I walked around unbelievably self consciously waiting for the Minoxidil to start working after the ‘shedding’ period.

      If you’re uncertain about taking anything I’d visit your doctor and run it by him/her, that way you can also pick up a prescription for your first dose (though I have a cheaper online Finasteride source in my Finasteride Product Review -which is this page). That way your doctor can also a) check that there’s no clashes with any other medication that you may be on and b) be aware that you’re on it.

      You’ll presumably get the spiel about side effects, as there are with any drugs. This was one of my worries that stopped me from taking it initially. But personally I haven’t felt the slightest sign of any of those side effects. I also believe that drugs companies cover their asses in a big way with side effects lists and name nearly everything under the sun that could possibly ever happen but very rarely does…but that’s just me!

      I hope I’ve answered your questions and really wish you well with taking the plunge. Keep me posted as to how things progress!



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