The generic version of Propecia, with the exact same medical composition and active ingredient Finasteride.
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What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area. Male pattern hair loss is a common condition in which men experience thinning of the hair on the scalp. Often, this results in a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head. Propecia is for use by men only and should not be used by women or children.
How effective is Finasteride?
Studies have shown that 9 in 10 men notice improvements when taking Finasteride for 5 years. Some men stop losing hair, and others see regrowth of hair.
How does Finasteride work?
Finasteride works by preventing testosterone from being converted to the DHT hormone. The DHT hormone can sometimes prevent hair growth. This then allows hair follicles to regain their normal size.
How to take it
One tablet a day on an ongoing basis. If you stop taking it you're likely to start losing your hair again.
How quickly it works
When used to treat male pattern baldness you should notice the effects and stop losing your hair within three to six months. Nine out of ten men find notice visible results over a 5 year period.
Propecia works the best on the back of your scalp or the vertex.
After 2 years of treatment: 99% of men had visible results (growth or no further hair loss).
- 66% had hair growth
- 33% had no further hair loss
- 1% had a visible decrease of hair
After 5 years of treatment: 90% of men had visible results (growth or no further hair loss).
- 48% had hair regrowth with Propecia
- 42% had no further hair loss with Propecia
- 10% had a visible decrease of hair
2 year study based on a 24 month study of 535 men taking Propecia.
5 year study based on a 24 month study of 279 men taking Propecia.
Results based on global photographic assessment of the top of the head by an independent panel of dermatologists.
Unfortunately, no studies have shown Propecia can cause re-growth of hair in front of the frontal hairline.
Noticeable side-effects are uncommon but can include cause a rash, a very small chance of reduced libido, erection problems.
How long does Finasteride take to work?
It can take anywhere between 3 to 6 months for Finasteride to work. If you stop treatment, hair loss will likely start again within 6 to 12 months.
How do I take Finasteride?
Take one Finasteride tablet a day.
When should I stop taking Finasteride?
Finasteride must be taken on a daily basis to stop hair loss. If you stop taking the treatment, hair loss or thinning will resume shortly after.
What are the side effects of Finasteride?
Side effects of Finasteride are uncommon, but may include a reduced libido or rash. Please see the ‘side effects’ tab for more information.
Can I use Finasteride on a completely bald area?
No - Finasteride is only effective on areas that still have some hair growth. Finasteride cannot grow hair on already bald areas.
Does Finasteride work on women?
No - Finasteride is a hair loss treatment made for men. This is because female hair loss works differently to male hair loss. Women may experience unwanted and severe side effects if taking Finasteride.
What is the difference between Finasteride and Propecia?
Finasteride is the generic version of Propecia. It has the exact same medical composition and active ingredient (Finasteride) as its branded equivalent.
The UK patent for Propecia, manufactured by Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) expired on 11th October 2014. This means that other pharmaceutical companies can now supply a generic equivalent of Propecia, known as Generic Finasteride.
Can I buy Finasteride online?
Finasteride is not currently available on the NHS when used for treating hair loss. The NHS considers this as a cosmetic treatment and consequently will not cover use for this purpose. Due to this, you can buy Finasteride online through reputable suppliers like us. You’ll need to complete an online assessment before we can issue you with the treatment.
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find the information by searching for your treatment on Medicines.org.uk.
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