Male pattern balding is usually a normal part of the ageing process and occurs as men become more sensitive to male sex hormones, androgens. After a consultation we can, when it is appropriate prescribe Finasteride 1mg tablets to men over 18 years old. If you are losing hair in patches rather than losing it in the typical male pattern, then Finasteride is not for you and Regaine topical solution may be an alternative. Any effects of taking Finasteride once a day will be seen in between 3-6 months. If you stop taking finasteride then any hair gained will begin to shed within 6 months. Finasteride is toxic to the foetus so partners of pregnant women will need to use contraception.