NOTE: After requesting this medication, you will need to complete a short assessment, so our GP or Pharmacist can assess if the treatment is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.
You can request to buy Finasteride 1mg tablets online from our UK registered online pharmacy and Doctor service. You just need to fill in an assessment form so we can see if the treatment is suitable for you. After completing your order, our UK trained doctors will review and see if Finasteride is suitable for you. If approved, a prescription will be issued to our pharmacy team, who will dispense and dispatch your order.
What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is an effective drug used in the treatment of male pattern baldness. It is the generic version of the well-known hair loss treatment, Propecia. As Propecia lost its patent on manufacturing Finasteride in 2014, this allowed multiple manufacturers to produce the drug. This, in turn, lowered the prices of generic Propecia, and has made it a much more affordable option for men who suffer from hair loss. Medically, there is no difference between Propecia and Finasteride as they contain exactly the same active ingredient.
How does Finasteride work?
Finasteride works by preventing testosterone being converted to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which allows the hair follicles to regain their normal size. Studies have shown Finasteride 1mg can increase hair growth, and can also improve how people think their hair looks. In most cases, men will either regrow or no longer lose more hair.
It can take three to six months of treatment with Finasteride 1mg before hair regrowth is seen. The balding process usually resumes within six to 12 months if treatment is stopped. Side effects for Finasteride 1mg are uncommon. Less than one in 100 men who take Finasteride 1mg experience a loss in sexual appetite (libido) or erectile dysfunction.
While effectiveness varies from patient to patient, clinical studies have shown that after 5 years of use, 90% of men taking Finasteride will either have more hair, or the same amount of hair as they had at the start of treatment. In comparison, only 25% of men who did not take Finasteride has more or the same amount of hair.
It will usually take at least 2 months for you to notice an effect from taking Finasteride. Hair regrowth can occur for up to 2 years after starting the medication.
Alternatives to Finasteride
If you are concerned with the side effects of Finasteride, or simply want to try something else, Regaine Extra Strength is a topical treatment which has been shown to be successful in treating hair loss in men. While not as effective as Finasteride, it does provide an alternative for men wishing to try something else.
Regaine contains minoxidil 5%, and is available as a foam or lotion. It is applied twice daily to the scalp. When taking Finasteride or Regaine, you must continue to use them to prevent reversal of their effects. Regaine and finasteride 1mg can be used together. Regaine is also often recommended to patients who have undergone hair transplant procedures to help improve the rate of growth of hair.
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|Effectiveness||Shown to prevent or help regrow hair in 9/10 men||Shown to prevent or help regrow hair in 9/10 men||Shown to prevent or help regrow hair in 8/10 men|
|Time to Work||Usually at least 3 months||Usually at least 3 months||As soon as two months|
|How To Use||Take ONE tablet daily||Take ONE tablet daily||Apply to scalp twice daily|
|Ingredient||Finasteride 1mg||Finasteride 1mg||Minoxidil 5%|
Side Effects of Finasteride
Finasteride is a well-tolerated drug, and adverse effects are uncommon.
However, with any medication you take, there is always a risk of side effects occurring. Some are more common than others, and often side effects may subside with the regular usage of the medicine. If the side effects do not subside, you should report them to us, or your GP.
Of particular concern to some men are the possible sexual side effects of Finasteride. It has been reported that Finasteride can reduce sex drive in around 1.5% of men who take it.
Common Side Effects
- Decreased libido / Reduced sex drive (this side effect will subside after stopping the medication in nearly all cases)
- Erectile Dysfunction. (this side effect will subside after stopping the medication in nearly all cases)
- Runny / Blocked Nose
The side effects listed below are more serious, and you should stop taking Finasteride, and report these to your GP immediately.
- Chills or cold sweats
- Episodes of confusion
- Dizziness / Fainting
- Lumps in your breast area. There have been rare reports of breast cancer in men taking finasteride.
- Suicidal Thoughts
For a full list of side effects, please read the patient information leaflet.
If you suffer from an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients, stop taking the medication.
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