Through the Hers platform, topical finasteride + minoxidil spray is only available to women aged 43 and over, who are on a reliable form of birth control.
Read this patient information before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.
Topical finasteride + minoxidil spray is a prescription medication used for the treatment of female pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
Unlike oral finasteride (which is FDA-approved only for use in men), topical finasteride + minoxidil spray is a compounded product and has not been approved by the FDA. It is only available if prescribed after an online consultation with a medical provider through the Hers platform.
The use of topical finasteride to treat hair loss has not been as comprehensively studied as oral finasteride. While research has shown that serum DHT levels decrease while using topical finasteride, the systemic side effects (e.g., sexual dysfunction) typically associated with oral finasteride were not reported in the studies of topical finasteride.
Do not use other topical minoxidil or topical finasteride products while you are using this topical finasteride 0.3% + minoxidil 6% spray.
Do not allow individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding, individuals who have the potential to become pregnant, or children handle this medication. Do not allow any of these individuals to come into contact with the treatment site (your scalp) after the medication has been applied. If they do, they should immediately clean the site of contact on their skin with soap and water.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before using topical finasteride + minoxidil?
- If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
- Topical finasteride + minoxidil spray should not be used or handled by individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding, individuals who have the potential to become pregnant, or individuals under the age of 18.
- If you have any other medical conditions
- If you have ever had a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to topical minoxidil or topical finasteride + minoxidil
- All of the medications that you are currently taking, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
- Know the medications you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medication.
Who should not use topical finasteride + minoxidil?
- Do not use topical finasteride + minoxidil if you:
- are currently taking oral finasteride for hair loss or for treatment of an enlarged prostate (Propecia®, Proscar®). Oral finasteride and topical finasteride + minoxidil spray cannot be used at the same time
- are currently taking other medications in the same class as finasteride (5-alpha reductase inhibitors: e.g., dutasteride, Avodart®, Jalyn®)
- are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or may become pregnant
- due to the possibility of absorption of finasteride and the subsequent potential risk to a male fetus
- are breastfeeding
- are allergic to any of the ingredients of topical finasteride + minoxidil
- have a history of breast cancer, uterine, cervical or ovarian cancer in the last 5 years
- are younger than 18 years of age
What are the possible side effects of topical finasteride + minoxidil spray?
The most common side effects of topical finasteride + minoxidil spray typically occur at the site of medication application (scalp). These side effects include:
- Burning sensation
- Contact dermatitis
- Dry and flaky scalp
If you develop any of the following side effects, please stop using this topical medication and contact your healthcare provider right away:
- Chest pain
- Rapid heart beat
- Faintness or dizziness
- Sudden and unexplained weight gain
- Swelling of hands or feet
- Breast tenderness/enlargement
- Unwanted facial hair growth
- Sexual dysfunction (e.g., low libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased volume of ejaculate)
- Symptoms of depression
- No scalp hair regrowth after 6 months of use
- Severe scalp irritation
These are not all of the possible side effects of topical finasteride + minoxidil spray. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Contact your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You can message a healthcare provider through your Hers account if you have any questions about your treatment, including any side effects you may be experiencing. You may report side effects to FDA by calling 1-800-FDA-1088 or visiting http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch
How do I use the topical finasteride + minoxidil spray?
- Use this medication exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it.
- Do not use this medication more than once a day as it will not improve results and can increase the risk of side effects.
- Wash your hands with soap immediately after applying this medication to your scalp.
What should I do if this medication gets on my face?
There is the potential for hair growth to occur on any skin that this medication comes into contact with after repeated use. For this reason, only apply the topical finasteride + minoxidil spray to the scalp, and carefully blot any excess to avoid it running onto your face. If it does get on your face, clean off the medication with gentle soap and water.
How should I store the topical finasteride + minoxidil spray?
- Store this medication at room temperature between 59˚F to 86˚F (15˚C to 30˚C).
- Keep this medication and all other medications out of the reach of children.
- Individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding, individuals who have the potential to become pregnant, and individuals under the age of 18 should not handle this medication
- Discard any unneeded medication
General information about the safe and effective use of the topical finasteride + minoxidil spray:
- Do not use this medication for a condition for which it was not prescribed.
- Do not give this medication to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
- Minoxidil is suspected to be toxic to cats and dogs. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6988634/ Please do not allow cats, dogs, or other pets to ingest this medication or to come into contact with the treatment site after the medication has been applied. If these occur, consult your pet's veterinarian.