Treatment for male pattern baldness, containing the active ingredient Finasteride.
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What is Propecia?
Propecia 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 Propecia?
After 2 years of treatment, 99% of men notice visible results (hair growth or no further hair loss). 9 out of 10 men continue to notice visible results over a 5 year period.
How does Propecia work?
Propecia works by lowering levels of the DHT hormone, which is known for shrinking hair follicles.
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 it take for Propecia to work?
When taking Propecia, you should start to notice visible results between 3 to 6 months.
How do I take Propecia?
Take one Propecia tablet every day. If you stop taking Propecia, you will start losing hair again.
When should I stop taking Propecia?
Propecia must be taken every day to prevent hair loss. If you stop taking Propecia, you will start losing hair again.
What are the side effects of Propecia?
Side effects of Propecia are uncommon but may include erection problems or a low libido. Please see the ‘side effects’ tab for more information.
Does Propecia cause weight gain?
Weight gain is not a known side effect of Propecia.
Can I use Propecia on a completely bald area?
No - Propecia is only effective on areas that still have some hair growth. Propecia cannot grow hair on already bald areas.
Does Propecia work on women?
No - Propecia is made for men. It will be ineffective on female hair loss/thinning and potentially harmful if taken by women.
What is the difference between Propecia and Finasteride?
Propecia is the branded version of Finasteride. It has the exact same medical composition and active ingredient (Finasteride).
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 Propecia online?
Propecia is not currently available on the NHS when used for treating male pattern baldness. The NHS considers this as a cosmetic treatment and consequently will not cover use for this purpose. Instead, you can buy Propecia online through Express Pharmacy. You will be required to take an online consultation so that we can assess your suitability.
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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