Knowing how and when to take finasteride is very important if you want it to work. So pat yourself on the back for doing the right thing and reading this article.

What is finasteride?

Finasteride is a prescription medication. Finasteride’s uses include treating male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) at the crown and in the middle of the scalp and, at higher doses, treating prostatic hyperplasia, which is an enlarged prostate gland.

What type of medication is it?

Finasteride is an oral tablet.

What is the best time of day to take finasteride?

There is no best time of day. But you should try to take finasteride at the same time every single day to maximize its effectiveness. You pick the time—morning, noon, or night—just make sure you stick with it.

How do you take finasteride?

By mouth.

How often do you take finasteride?

Once a day.

Do you need to take finasteride with food?

Finasteride isn’t picky; you can take it with or without food.

What are the side effects of finasteride?

Though rare, in clinical trials, 3.8% of male patients noticed some form of sexual side effects (versus 2.1% of patients using the placebo), including less desire for sex, difficulty in achieving an erection, or a decrease in the amount of semen released during sex. This may continue after stopping treatment.

One last thing… Do not take finasteride more often than directed. If a tablet ever becomes crushed or broken, make sure that it is not handled by women, as it can affect hormone levels.

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If you would like to learn more about finasteride, please see the full prescription information here. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit MedWatch:   or call 1-800-FDA-1088