Topical Finasteride is now a popular option when it comes to medications for hair loss. And, while this is still considered an off-label way to use Finasteride, the initial studies are promising.
The idea behind topical Finasteride is to hopefully reduce the decline in serum DHT while keeping the scalp DHT levels low enough to help prevent additional hair losses from male pattern baldness, and potential regrowth in some patients.
With oral Finasteride, it is thought that the severe declines in serum DHT may come along with the risk of whole-body side effects, like reduced libido and ED. And, while studies have shown that it is only a small percentage of oral Finasteride users that may experience these issues, even this small risk may be enough to scare men away from trying this medication orally for the sake of saving their ‘do.
This has led to the search for topical Finasteride online, or even people trying to conjure together their own hair loss concoction with crushed tablets and various solvents. (We don’t recommend you trying out this haphazard DIY method for various reasons: safety and quality being just a few that come to mind.)
Below, we will delve into the ins and outs of trying out topical Finasteride, including if you need a prescription, what kinds of pharmacies make this sort of thing, which doctors may be more familiar with writing for Finasteride, and how to safely get topical Finasteride online through a secure telemedicine platform.
Topical, oral, and any other way you find Finasteride is a prescription-only medication. The active ingredient itself, no matter what form, needs to be prescribed by a licensed doctor to make sure it is appropriate for you.
Not everyone is a good candidate for Finasteride, and it may not work with your current health conditions or other medications, so it needs to be used under the care of a doctor.
If you find a source for Finasteride that does not include a prescription, you should not trust it, and you cannot be sure of the safety of whatever you may get from these places.
As we touched on before, topical Finasteride is not the form of Finasteride that most pharmacies have on hand.
Oral Finasteride tablets are currently the only FDA-approved way to use Finasteride, and these tablets are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and can then be purchased and kept on the shelves of nearly any pharmacy down the street.
However, if you were interested in getting topical Finasteride, even if you had a prescription in hand from your doctor, you would not be able to find it at any pharmacy you walked into.
Prescriptions that need to be made up a little differently, with a different route, formulation, strength, flavor, or combined with other ingredients, must be ordered from a compounding pharmacy. Compounding pharmacies are able to make up these items pursuant to a prescription from your doctor.
Generally, compounding pharmacies will be able source the raw ingredient (in this case, powdered Finasteride), and they will precisely weigh out and suspend the active ingredients in a base suitable for scalp application. If there are certain ingredients you are hoping to avoid due to irritation, like alcohol, compounding pharmacies can often work with you to leave these things out too.
With compounding pharmacies, you can trust that your formulation is being put together based on formulations crafted by a compounding pharmacist to make a pharmaceutically elegant end product that can deliver an accurate amount of the active ingredients effectively.
You may come to find that not all doctors may be familiar with topical Finasteride, or even compounding. Knowing what options are available from compounding pharmacies may take a lot of extra knowledge and training. Doctors also need to be familiar with appropriate dosage forms, what strengths to order, and how to consult a patient on use for these alternative formulations.
For topical formulations for male pattern hair loss, a doctor who specializes in hair loss may likely be more familiar with topical Finasteride.
You may want to start by asking your current doctor if they are familiar with topical Finasteride, or you can have a free online questionnaire-based telemedicine consultation with our U.S. licensed doctors that are well-versed on topical Finasteride.
Here at Strut, we help people find solutions to common (and sometimes embarrassing) health concerns, and connect them with doctors and pharmacies online to get the help they need.
Hair loss treatments are one of our specialties, and our doctors are familiar with both the manufactured oral treatments, as well as innovative multiple-ingredient compounded topical formulations. Our doctors will work with your personal preferences and your specific hair needs to customize your topical Finasteride order.
You can have a free online telemedicine consultation with our U.S. licensed doctors to see if Finasteride is a good treatment option for you. If it is, your prescription will be sent to a highly accredited compounding pharmacy that will put together your medication just how your doctor ordered it, and ship it to your front door.
If you have any questions, concerns, or need adjustments on refills, our staff and doctors are available for free unlimited follow-ups.