finasteride

noun

fi·​nas·​te·​ride fə-ˈna-stə-ˌrīd How to pronounce finasteride (audio)
: a nitrogenous steroid derivative C23H36N2O2 that is used especially to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia and to increase hair growth in male-pattern baldness

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The combination of terazosin and similar drugs (called alpha blockers) with finasteride (which blocks a form of testosterone that enlarges the prostate, as well as causes hair loss) is usually pretty effective. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 13 Jan. 2023 However, treatments such as minoxidil and finasteride can help to slow the progression of hair loss and improve the appearance of thinning hair. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Apr. 2022 If this isn’t well-tolerated, there are other similar drugs, or a different class of drugs, to shrink the prostate, such as finasteride (Proscar). Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 1 Nov. 2022 Pharmaceuticals finasteride and minoxidil can stimulate regrowth in some cases and are available in many OTC and prescription formats. Meg Donohue, ELLE, 16 Nov. 2022 Only two solutions have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help with hair loss and those are: minoxidil and finasteride. Tori Crowther, Allure, 13 Oct. 2022 Finally, finasteride reduces the PSA level by about half. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2022 Taking 5 milligrams a day of oral finasteride was second in effectiveness, the study found. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 2 Feb. 2022 Still, the oral finasteride is the current gold standard in terms of significantly slowing hair recession, while aiding minoxidil in restoring fuller, stronger hair around the crown. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

fina- (of unknown origin) + testosterone + amide

First Known Use

1989, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of finasteride was in 1989

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“Finasteride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finasteride. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

finasteride

noun
fi·​nas·​te·​ride fə-ˈnas-tə-ˌrīd How to pronounce finasteride (audio)
: a nitrogenous steroid derivative C23H36N2O2 that is used especially to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia and to increase hair growth in male-pattern baldness and that acts by inhibiting the enzymatic conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone see propecia, proscar

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