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As a general guide, if you are taking finasteride for male patterned hair loss (which I assume you are), you are looking at a minimal dosing of 3mg per week. Side effects, by definition, are dose dependent and slowly increasing the dose and monitoring yourself closely for such side effects allows one to immediately stop the medication if you encounter any.
Additionally, finasteride has a better treatment effect in combination with minoxidil and you should consider using both synergistically.
Finasteride is also used for female patterned hair loss and can be dosed at 2.5 – 5mg per DAY.
I would suggest to start on 1 mg per day as recommended by the drug manufacturer and FDA.
You should notice reduced hair shedding after 1 – 2 months, and increased apparent hair density after 6 – 9 months.
3 – 6 months would be a good time frame to decide if you want to continue it long term or not.
Do monitor for sexual side effects, as 3% of patients may experience those.
Hi Poop – you didn’t say what you are taking finasteride for, so I’m going to assume that it’s for hair loss.
As a general rule of thumb for all medications, I’d suggest starting with a lower dose of the medication, and titrating upwards.
Having said that, more than a few studies have shown that finasteride has no increased dose response effectiveness. Ie if a lower dose doesn’t work well, a higher dose is unlikely to work as well.
So if I were you, I’d start with 0.5 mg and watch for results and side effects. If it works well already, no need to use 1 mg. As my mom always says, the less meds the better. Always some truth in the Old Wive’s Tales!