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Finasteride is a popular 5-alpha reductase inhibitor released in 1997 to combat male pattern baldness. In recent years, Finasteride has become increasingly popular and beneficial for athletes and bodybuilders who use anabolic steroids in an effort to combat androgenic side effects.
Androgenic side effects can occur with many steroids, but these androgenic side effects depend highly on genetics. How the body reacts to certain anabolic steroids and the tolerance level to dosaged injected or ingested varies from person to person and genetics plays a key role.
The human body carries two types of reductase enzymes, Type I and Type II. The enzyme primarily found in the scalp, prostate and to a degree, the skin, is the Type II enzyme. By introducing Finasteride, we now inhibit the 5-alpha reductase enzyme’s ability to metabolize specific hormones. With Finasteride, we are inhibiting the DHT hormone. DHT has the ability to deteriorate hair follicles but Finasteride can reverse the problem or even prevent it. Finasteride may also help combat bouts of acne that occur with anabolic steroid use.
When cycling with Nandrolone or any Nandrolone derivative, it is important not to use Finasteride because it will actually enhance the androgencity of such steroids. Standard doses of Finasteride are 1mg per day to combat hair loss with doses reaching 5mg per day to combat prostate enlargement. Both doses will be used during the full anabolic steroid cycle.