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Finasteride is a prescription medication that is licensed to treat enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness in men. By blocking the conversion of testosterone into DHT, the medicine can help shrink the prostate, stop hair loss, and regrow hair. Finasteride comes in tablet form and is available in two strengths, including 1 mg for hair loss treatment and 5 mg for enlarged prostate treatment. A number of side effects have been reported with this drug, including impotence, decreased libido, and breast enlargement.
- Treatment of male pattern baldness.
- Treatment of enlarged prostate. An enlarged prostate is also known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia, benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH.