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‘Can Taking Finasteride for Hair Loss Reduce Athletic Performance?’

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Finasteride and Sports PerformanceName: Ruzz

Question: Can taking finasteride 1mg reduce athletic performance?

Answer: Hi, Ruzz. As far as we are aware finasteride 1mg does not affect athletic performance although there have been no medical studies into this specific effect that we are aware of. None of Belgravia’s clients who are involved in sports have reported any boost (or drop) in their performance levels either.

This popular male hair loss treatment was once actually considered a performance-enhancer, and was referred to as such in a 2011 study entitled ‘The Anabolic 500 survey: characteristics of male users versus nonusers of anabolic-androgenic steroids for strength training’. Professional sportsmen were even banned from using it by the World Anti-Doping Agency, however, this ban was lifted in January 2009.

The reason it was previously excluded was because it prevented accurate readings on doping tests as it was believed the drug could induce false positive results – not because it had any effect, positive or negative, on athletic performance. So sportsmen of every level who are worried about hair loss are now free to use this clinically-proven medication.


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