Knowing how 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.

We put together a quick lay of the land, including a few important things you should know before taking finasteride:

What is finasteride? Finasteride is a prescription medication used to treat male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) at the crown and in the middle of the scalp

In what form is finasteride prescribed? Finasteride is an oral tablet.

How do you take finasteride? By mouth.

How often do you take finasteride? Once a day.

Do you need to take it on a full or an empty stomach? Finasteride isn’t picky; you can take it with or without food.

Should you take finasteride at a certain time of the day? 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.

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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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely upon the content provided in this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

Finasteride is an oral medication used to treat male pattern baldness in men only. It is not for use by women. When used by men, finasteride is generally safe but it can also cause serious side effects, including but not limited to allergic reactions, sexual dysfunction, and high-grade prostate cancer. Most patients find that problems with sexual function resolve when they stop taking the medicine. For full prescribing information, view the drug label information. For full prescribing information, view the drug label information.