Finasteride 1mg is the active ingredient of the well-known hair loss treatment Propecia. It is now also available in a cheaper generic form, under the name Finasteride. Both Propecia and Finasteride are prescription only medicines, but are not currently available on the NHS for the treatment of hair loss. There is good clinical evidence for the effectiveness of Finasteride in the treatment of male pattern balding.
How does Finasteride 1mg work?
Finasteride works by combating the effects of DHT upon the hair follicles. In this sense, it is a “DHT blocker”, however it is not referred to by this name in the medical community. As a treatment for male pattern baldness, Finasteride is sold in the form of tablets (either as Propecia or as generic Finasteride). This treatment works better if used early in the natural history of hair loss development, and is much less effective when hair loss is well established.
One tablet must be taken every day for as long as you wish to combat hair loss and improvement is usually seen at 4-6 months. Finasteride cannot provide a permanent cure for hair loss, so if you stop taking it, your hair loss will resume. Any new hair that has grown will likely fall out after you have stopped taking Finasteride.
What is the dosage of Finasteride 1mg?
One tablet must be taken every day for as long as you wish to combat hair loss, improvement is usually seen at 3-6 months. Finasteride cannot provide a permanent cure for hair loss, so if you stop taking it, your hair loss will resume. Any new hair that has grown will likely fall out after you have stopped taking Finasteride.
It is important to be aware of the potential side effects of Propecia/Finasteride which may be uncommon or rare but can be significant if they do occur: decreased libido, erectile dysfunction (possibly persistent), breast tenderness and enlargement (possibly contributing to male breast cancer, any breast changes should be reported to your GP immediately) are possible side effects.
Can I buy Finasteride 1mg online?
Finasteride 1mg can be prescribed privately by your GP, as well as online via our Online Doctor hair loss clinic. Following a simple online assessment, the online doctor will be able to assess whether Finasteride is the best hair loss option for you. If so, it can be sent out in discreet packaging or for Click & Collect at your local LloydsPharmacy.
What are the side effects of Finasteride/Propecia?
Side effects are uncommon, but occasionally significant side effects can occur. Low mood, sexual dysfunction (possibly persistent) and breast tenderness/enlargement (possibly contributing to male breast cancer - any breast changes should be reported to your GP immediately) are possible side effects.
Sexual dysfunction includes erectile dysfunction, reduced libido and reduced volume of ejaculate*. In most patients these side effects resolve with continued treatment or after stopping Finasteride. Patients who are planning to father a child should consider stopping treatment.
What is DHT?
DHT stands for dihydrotestosterone, which is a form of testosterone. Male pattern hair loss is caused by a very sensitive reaction to DHT. Dihydrotestosterone halts nutrients from being absorbed by hair follicles, which causes them to shrink and eventually fall out. In these cases, Finasteride can be prescribed to act as a DHT blocker.
Can women take Finasteride?
No, Finasteride is not suitable for women or children. If you are a woman experiencing hair loss, you may way to consider options such as Regaine for women which contains the active ingredient Minoxidil.
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