Finasteride 1mg (generic Propecia) daily tablets to treat male pattern baldness.Start order
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- Read medical information about hair loss
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Low cost generic Propecia
The branded version of finasteride 1mg called Propecia lost its patent protection in October 2014 allowing significantly lower cost generic versions to be licensed for sale in the UK (from 45p each). Generic finasteride 1mg tablets and Propecia tablets are medically the same.
|Finasteride 1mg (generic)||28 tablets||£15.00|
|Finasteride 1mg (generic)||56 tablets||£25.00|
|Finasteride 1mg (generic)||84 tablets||£39.00|
|Finasteride 1mg (generic)||168 tablets||£75.60|
Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.
Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.
If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).
Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.
|Order value||Prescription fee|
|up to £10||£1.00|
|up to £20||£3.00|
|up to £50||£5.00|
|up to £100||£8.00|
|Pharmacy||28 tablets||56 tablets||84 tablets||168 tablets|
About Finasteride 1mg
Generic finasteride 1mg and Propecia
The UK patent for Propecia expired 11 October 2014. A few days later 'generic Propecia' or more accurately 'generic finasteride' became available from pharmacies. A generic medicine is a medicine which is the same as a branded original, but is prescribed and supplied by its medical name, rather than its brand name.
Propecia is a brand name. The active ingredient of Propecia tablets is finasteride 1mg. Propecia tablets and finasteride 1mg tablets are medically the same. Sometimes generic medicines also have brand names, such as Aindeem. Dr Fox can supply any UK licensed generic version (Accord, Actavis, Mylan, Milpharm).
Clinical studies show improved hair growth usually noticeable after 4-6 months of taking finasteride 1mg daily. Maximum benefit is seen at 1-2 years. At 5 years men have a 90% chance of having more or the same amount of hair they started with. This compares with 25% of men not taking finasteride 1mg.
The studies were conducted on men aged 18 to 41 years of age with mild to moderate hair loss, but not complete hair loss.
How it works
Hair grows in hair follicles normally for about three years. The hair then falls out and new hair grows from the follicle. For men affected by male pattern hair loss, as they age, hair follicles gradually become smaller. New hair becomes thinner and falls out more quickly, eventually not growing enough to break the surface of the scalp (balding).
Male hormones cause these changes. Hair follicles convert the male hormone testosterone into another hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Hair follicles become more sensitive to dihydrotestosterone and this causes the hair follicles to shrink.
Finasteride 1mg reduces the amount of testosterone converted to DHT which results in hair regrowth and hair thickness in most men.
Men at any stage of male pattern hair loss are likely to benefit. Finasteride 1mg is most effective for hair loss over the top of the scalp (vertex). Finasteride 1mg has NOT been proven to reverse receding frontal hairline, hair loss which is ONLY in the temple regions, nor restore hair to entirely bald areas.
- If hair loss has been rapid and recent, or where there are symptoms of serious illness, such as unexplained weight loss, fevers, persistent diarrhoea or excessive fatigue, a doctor should be consulted.
- If hair loss is patchy or irregular, or comes out in clumps, or there is scalp inflammation the scalp should be examined.
- Blood tests carried out to detect prostate cancer (PSA) can give misleading results when finasteride 1mg is being taken.
- If treatment is stopped, the beneficial effects begin to reverse by six months and return to baseline by 9 to 12 months.
- Pregnant women should not come into contact with finasteride. For this reason tablets are film-coated.
Finasteride 1mg is usually well tolerated by most men and side effects are uncommon. Men taking finasteride are at increased risk for impotence, erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, and ejaculation disorder for the first year of treatment, but this risk disappears after 2-4 years of use, and side effects usually get better over time.
There are case reports of persistent diminished libido or erectile dysfunction after stopping the drug and the patient leaflet has been updated to reflect this. A review found some evidence that finasteride increased the risk of sexual dysfunction, but those people did not discontinue using finasteride 1mg because of these side effects.
March 2017: NHS Choices reviewed new research and concluded
If sexual problems do occur, the drug can be stopped and the problem will resolve in nearly all cases.
Important: if you develop any lumps or experience pain in your breast area, or discharge from your nipples, please consult a doctor. There have been rare reports of breast cancer in men taking finasteride.
Some men have reported episodes of depressive illness in association with the use of finasteride 1mg for male pattern hair loss. Some men also reported having suicidal thoughts. If low mood or depression develops stop treatment and consult your doctor straight away.
See patient leaflet for full list of side effects.
Alternative hair loss treatment
Regaine Extra Strength (minoxidil 5%) foam or lotion applied to the scalp twice daily is the only other proven effective hair loss treatment. Regaine and finasteride 1mg can be used at the same time.
Patient information leaflet
The 'Patient Information Leaflet' supplied with medication must be read before taking tablets.Start order
Authored 30 June 2016 by Dr Tony Steele
Reviewed 15 August 2017 by Dr B. Babor, Dr A. Wood, Dr P. Hunt
Last updated 3 March 2018
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