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Finasteride Side Effects and How to Deal with Them

Understand finasteride's potential side effects. Topical finasteride: designed as a safer alternative. Kickstart your hair regrowth journey with XYON.
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The Science Behind Hair Loss and Finasteride

Oral finasteride has been a trusted solution in the fight against androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern hair loss, since it was first approved by the FDA in 1997.

It works by lowering dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels, a primary cause of thinning hair in men. However, while it's effective, it's important to understand that oral drugs circulate throughout the body after ingestion. For this reason, oral finasteride can potentially influence other parts of the body, increasing the risk of systemic side effects.

Unraveling the Side Effects of Oral Finasteride

While oral finasteride is commonly used to treat hair loss and benign prostate hyperplasia, some men report experiencing side effects. These can range from being minor to more serious and in very rare cases, can persist even after stopping the medication.

Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is one of the main side effects reported by men taking finasteride. If you experience erectile dysfunction, it's important to consult with your doctor. There may be other treatments available to manage your hair loss or prostate condition.


Some men taking finasteride have reported feeling down or experiencing mood swings. In these cases, it's important to seek medical attention. Remember: taking care of your mental health is as important as treating physical health conditions.

Low libido

A decrease in sexual desire, also known as libido, is another potential side effect of finasteride. If you experience a decrease in libido while taking finasteride, consider discussing it with your doctor to explore alternative treatments.

Insights and implications

Understanding Post-Finasteride Syndrome

Post-finasteride syndrome is a rare condition that refers to the persistence of side effects associated with finasteride use, even after the medication is stopped. Examples of these side effects include sexual dysfunction, depression and mild cognitive impairment.

Topical vs. oral

Why Choose Topical Finasteride Gel?

Ever wondered about the difference between topical and oral finasteride? In the simplest terms, our topical finasteride gel is designed to give you all the benefits of a clinical-grade prescription hair loss treatment without the worries about possible side effects.

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Oral Finasteride

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Topical Finasteride

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Oral Finasteride

What it does

Treats hair loss by lowering DHT levels, the root cause of androgenetic hair loss in men and some women.

Works the same way as topical finasteride, but the body processes it differently.

Side effects

Potential for fewer side effects due to direct application to scalp skin and unique timed-release delivery that help minimize absorption.

The possiblity of more systemic side effects due to oral intake and broad exposure of the body to finasteride.

Ideal for

People who want to minimize the risk of potential systemic side effects.

Those who want an convenient, daily solution and don't have the same worries or risk for side effects.

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Manage Side Effects of Finasteride with Ease

We understand that treating hair loss can lead to many questions, especially if you're considering taking a medication like finasteride. Here, we've compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about finasteride, its effects and the innovative solution we offer here at XYON. If you have any other queries, don't hesitate to reach out. The best decisions are informed ones.

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