What are the side effects of finasteride in women?
First off, finasteride is not FDA approved for women. Any such use is therefore "off label" and any female considering finasteride will want to be guided by a knowledgeable and experienced physician if this is a route you wish to take. Depending in the patient's current age, type of hair loss and medical history and family history this may or may not be a good option.
i'm often ask about the range of side effects that are possible for women who use finasteride. Side effects of finasteride in women include, but are not limited to: harm to a fetus (finasteride can not be used in pregnancy), fatigue, weight gain, depression, anxiety, decreased libido, sexual dysfunction, hair shedding, breast tenderness, breast enlargement. Other side effects can occur but are less common. These include changes in platelet counts and muscle injury (myopathy).
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