finasteride

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fi·nas·te·ride | \ fə-ˈna-stə-ˌrīd \

Definition of finasteride 

: 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

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Originally, minoxidil was approved to treat high blood pressure, while finasteride was intended for the treatment of an enlarged prostate. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Side effects include ... a potential treatment for baldness," 9 May 2018 Minoxidil works for men and women, but finasteride can only be used by men. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "This Osteoporosis Drug Has a Surprising Side-Effect. Scientists Say It Could Cure Baldness," 11 May 2018 Today, minoxidil is US Food and Drug Administration-approved for the treatment of both male and female pattern baldness; finasteride is FDA-approved for male pattern baldness and sometimes used off-label for hair loss in women. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Side effects include ... a potential treatment for baldness," 9 May 2018 Two drugs are currently available on the market: minoxidil, used in Rogaine, and finasteride, also known as Propecia. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "An osteoporosis drug could hold cure for baldness," 9 May 2018 In an interview with The New York Times, the physician, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, said that Mr. Trump takes finasteride, also marketed as Propecia. Denise Grady, New York Times, "Trump Takes the Hair-Growth Drug Propecia. How Does It Work?," 2 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of finasteride

1989, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finasteride

fina- (of unknown origin) + testosterone + amide

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finasteride

noun
fi·nas·te·ride | \ fə-ˈnas-tə-ˌrīd \

Medical Definition of finasteride 

: 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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