Ativol is a medication used to treat hair loss in men. It is the brand name of finasteride, which is a type II 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. Finasteride inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a hormone that plays a role in hair loss. By inhibiting the production of DHT, Ativol can help to slow down or even stop hair loss. It can also help to regrow hair in some men.
Ativol is available in two forms: a tablet and a solution. The tablet is taken by mouth, typically once a day. The solution is applied to the scalp, typically once a day. Ativol is typically used for three months or longer. Some men may see results as early as three months, but it may take up to a year for the full effects to be seen.
Side effects of Ativol include decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, and decreased ejaculate volume. These side effects are typically temporary and go away with continued use of the medication. Ativol may also cause birth defects if it is taken by a woman who is pregnant.
Ativol is a prescription medication and is not available over-the-counter. It is important to talk to your doctor before taking Ativol to make sure it is the right medication for you.