Finasteride

Finasteride 1mg (generic Propecia) daily tablets to treat male pattern baldness. Available to buy online from Dr Fox.

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How to order finasteride online for UK delivery:

  1. Read medical information about hair loss treatment
  2. Answer medical questions to check for eligibility
  3. Reviewed by doctors - posted from UK pharmacy (Royal Mail Tracked 24 service)

Low cost generic Propecia

Since 2014, when Propecia came out of patent protection, lower cost generic finasteride 1mg (from 32p each) has been licensed for sale in the UK. Generic finasteride 1mg tablets and Propecia tablets are medically the same.

Finasteride Prices

Medication Quantity Cost
Finasteride 1mg (generic) 28 tablets £12.20
Finasteride 1mg (generic) 56 tablets £21.50
Finasteride 1mg (generic) 84 tablets £31.20
Finasteride 1mg (generic) 168 tablets £54.00

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Compare prices: Dr Fox prices are 25%-50% lower cost than other online clinics.

Prescription fees

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.

Order value Prescription fee
up to £10 £1.00
up to £20 £2.00
up to £40 £3.00
over £40 £4.00

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.

Prices of finasteride 1mg tablets from UK online clinics (01 June 2023) - qualifying notes
*Dr Fox adds a small prescription fee not included in table above.
  1. The prices shown are listed by the online clinics named after a customer first enters consultation information and is offered prescriptions. It is possible these clinics may have special offers or lower prices for repeat supplies.
  2. Prices may change and are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate on the date stated. All products in stock and new condition.
  3. Dr Fox does NOT claim to provide a superior service to any of the online clinics listed. All the clinics listed, as far as we can tell, comply with all regulation and, as far as we can tell, operate to high ethical standards.
  4. Dr Fox adds a small prescription fee not included in the table (between £1 and £4 depending on value of the order).
  5. To amend the information in this table please contact us
  6. The prices listed in the table do not identify the cost of prescription medicine as online clinics charge a single fee to cover services which includes advice, consultations, prescriptions and dispensing and supply of treatments.
  7. Where services include free delivery this is using the slowest delivery option available. Dr Fox uses Royal Mail Tracked 24.
Pharmacy 28 tablets 56 tablets 84 tablets 168 tablets
Dr Fox* £12.20 £21.50 £31.20 £54.00
Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor £34.00 £65.00 £95.00 £163.00
Pharmacy2U £28.00 £55.00 £80.00 n/a
Oxford Online Pharmacy £13.94 £23.44 £32.98 £54.98
Menschem £13.99 n/a £32.99 £54.99
Superdrug £27.00 £54.00 £79.00 £137.00
Simple Online Pharmacy £13.95 £23.45 £34.55 £55.95
Chemist Click £13.89 £27.75 £33.99 £58.79

Delivery charges

UK delivery only: £2.90 per consultation via Royal Mail Tracked 24 Signed For (1-3 working days with tracking).

Parcel forwarding services are not permitted. Use only UK home or work delivery address.

Returns and refunds - unwanted items can be returned within 14 working days for a full refund.

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About finasteride

  • Finasteride 1mg is a generic prescription-only medication taken daily to treat male pattern hair loss in men. It is also available under the brand name Propecia.
  • Finasteride reduces the amount of testosterone converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which results in hair regrowth and renewed hair thickness in most men.
  • After 5 years of taking finasteride 1mg, 90% of men have more or the same amount of hair than they started with.
  • Read the manufacturer's patient leaflet for a full list of side effects, cautions, and interactions with other drugs.
  • Finasteride can also be used to treat benign prostate enlargement (BPE/BPH), but with a different dose of 5mg daily.

Generic finasteride 1mg and Propecia

The UK patent for Propecia expired in 2014. 'Generic Propecia' or more accurately 'generic finasteride' became available from other pharmaceutical companies. 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. Dr Fox may supply any UK licensed generic version (Accord, Amarox, Bristol, Mylan, Milpharm/Aurobindo, Relonchem). Dr Fox pharmacy can often supply a preferred generic brand on request.

How long does it take to work?

Clinical studies show improved hair growth is usually noticeable after 4-6 months of taking finasteride 1mg daily. Maximum benefit is seen at 1-2 years. At 2 years 66% of men had improved hair growth counts compared to 7% of those taking no drug.

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 does finasteride work?

Hair grows in hair follicles normally for about three years. The hair then falls out and a 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 blocks testosterone conversion to DHT which results in hair regrowth and improved hair thickness in most men.

Who benefits

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). It 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.

When not to take finasteride

You should not take finasteride if:

  • Under 18 or assigned female at birth.
  • Already taking another 5AR medication such as dutasteride or finasteride 5mg for another condition e.g. prostate cancer or enlarged prostate gland.
  • You have a known allergy to finasteride.

You may be able to take finasteride for hair loss but Dr Fox does not supply if you have:

  • Previously suffered with sexual problems when taking finasteride or a similar 5AR medication such as dutasteride.
  • Prostate cancer or have had it in the past.
  • Male breast enlargement (gynaecomastia) or have had it in the past.
  • A history of liver disease as the metabolism of finasteride is likely to be affected.

Cautions

  • If hair loss has been rapid and recent (less than a year), or where there are symptoms of serious illness - such as unexplained weight loss, fevers, persistent diarrhoea, or excessive fatigue, or there is also loss of eyebrows or eyelashes - your GP should be consulted.
  • If hair loss is patchy or irregular, or comes out in clumps, or there is scalp inflammation, papules or pustules, you should consult your GP or a dermatologist.
  • Blood tests carried out to detect prostate cancer (PSA) can give misleading results when finasteride 1mg is being taken. Tell your doctor that you are taking Propecia/finasteride, if you are having a PSA test.
  • If you are also having difficulty passing urine either starting the flow or with very slow flow, please consult your GP as this may be caused by your prostate gland.
  • If treatment is stopped, the beneficial effects begin to reverse by 6 months and return to baseline by 9-12 months.
  • Pregnant women should not come into contact with Propecia/finasteride 1mg tablets. It may affect the baby's sex organ development. For this reason tablets are film coated and women should not handle crushed or broken tablets.

Possible side effects of finasteride

Propecia/finasteride side effects are usually mild.

Reduced libido and erectile dysfunction are possible.

There are some case reports of diminished libido or erectile dysfunction persisting after stopping Propecia/finasteride. However sexual problems usually settle once finasteride has washed out of the system.

In 2017 the NHS reviewed a new study and concluded that If sexual problems do occur, the drug can be stopped and the problem will resolve in nearly all cases. Extremely rarely, patients report symptoms linked to post-finasteride syndrome. An editorial in the British Medical Journal in 2019 supported this position, but suggested a need for further research.

Important: if you develop any lumps or experience pain in your breast area, or discharge from your nipples, please consult your GP. There have been rare reports of breast cancer in men who have taken finasteride.

Some men have reported episodes of depressive illness in association with the use of Propecia/finasteride 1mg for male pattern hair loss. There are also some reports of men developing suicidal thoughts. If low mood, depression, or suicidal thoughts develop, stop treatment and consult your GP straight away.

See the finasteride patient leaflet for a full list of side effects. Side effects can be reported directly via the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme website or their app which can be downloaded from Google Play or Apple's App Store.

Alternative hair loss treatments

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.

Dutasteride 0.5mg (brand name Avodart) is another 5AR inhibitor which works in the same way as finasteride to prevent male pattern baldness. In theory dutasteride is more potent than finasteride, and is therefore a more effective treatment. However dutasteride does not have a licence to be used to prevent hair loss and so it's prescription is off label. Dr Fox only supplies finasteride which does have a licence for the treatment of men with male pattern hair loss.

Patient Information Leaflet

Illustration of patient leaflet from medicine packet

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine and must be read before taking the medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine.

Finasteride 1mg Patient Leaflet


Finasteride 1mg FAQs

Why should men see a doctor before starting treatment?

Finasteride 1mg is a treatment for male pattern hair loss. This is the most common, but not the only type of hair loss. A doctor can confirm the cause and where necessary and undertake tests to see if other factors are causing hair loss and whether other treatments are needed.

Is finasteride used to treat anything else apart from male pattern hair loss?

Yes. A high dose is sometimes prescribed to treat prostate enlargement. For this indication 5mg tablets are used, whereas for hair loss the tablets are 1mg.

Will finasteride work better if I take a higher dose?

No. Hair loss is treated with one 1mg tablet of finasteride daily. Taking more simply increases the side effects without improving the results. Studies have confirmed this.

Can I take less than finasteride 1mg daily or take it less often, to reduce the risk of side effects?

Many websites suggest either taking finasteride 1mg for only 3 days a week, alternate days, or splitting the tablets and taking either 0.25mg or 0.5mg daily, to reduce the risk of side effects from taking finasteride to treat male pattern hair loss.

Finasteride works by suppressing the conversion of testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which causes shrinkage of hair follicles and hair loss. Research has shown that 1mg finasteride daily maintains this suppression in the majority of men. A lower dose, as in splitting the tablets, may sometimes be sufficient to suppress the effect of DHT on follicles. However, a lower than 1mg dose will not be enough for most men.

The tablets are not easy to split and may crumble, as they are film coated. It is extremely important that broken or crushed pills are not inadvertently touched by pregnant women or women who may become pregnant, as the active ingredient can be damaging to an unborn child. The film coating is an extra protection, therefore splitting finasteride pills is not recommended.

Does finasteride work in women?

No. Thinning of hair and hair loss in women is different from that in men, and it does not respond to finasteride. Finasteride has potentially serious side effects, particularly in women of childbearing age, and should not be taken by women.

Does finasteride work in older men?

Studies on the effectiveness of finasteride 1mg have been undertaken in men up to the age of 41 years. Many older men take finasteride 1mg for hair loss. Theoretically the drug should be effective in older men, but the studies to confirm this have not been carried out or are not published.

Does finasteride work in all men?

Not all men respond to treatment. If there is no improvement in 6 months, treatment should be stopped. The study data from medical trials reports 48% of men treated with finasteride for 5 years were rated as improved, and an additional 42% were rated as unchanged.

Does finasteride reduce sex drive and fertility?

There is much controversy online about this subject. The manufacturer's patient information leaflet provides details and the NHS reviewed a study regarding these concerns in 2017 and concluded that stopping the drug would resolve sexual problems in nearly all cases.

See also the mystery of post-finasteride syndrome.

Will finasteride reverse complete hair loss?

No. If hair has been lost completely, finasteride will not make it regrow. It has not been shown to reverse a receding hairline, where hair has been lost at the front and side (temple region). It will not make hair regrow on an entirely bald area.

Can finasteride cause depression?

Some men have reported episodes of depressive illness and suicidal thoughts in association with the use of Propecia/finasteride 1mg for male pattern hair loss. If low mood, depression, or suicidal thoughts develop, stop treatment and consult your GP straight away.

Are the improvements with finasteride long-lasting?

It can take up to 6 months for improvement, with maximum benefits usually at about 2 years. Once treatment is stopped, improvement will usually be lost over a period of several months.

Is finasteride 1mg available through the NHS?

The treatment of hair loss is considered to be cosmetic treatment and is not normally funded through the NHS.

When is the best time of day to take finasteride?

Most men take their tablet in the evening. It can be taken at any time, although it is best to take at the same time each day to help with remembering.

Does finasteride cause prostate cancer?

No. A clinical trial which ran for 10 years between 1993 and 2003 showed that 25% fewer men developed prostate cancer if taking finasteride. However, that study also seemed to show that the prostate cancers which were found were more aggressive. However more recent re analysis of the results and other more recent studies have been done. These confirm that there are 25-30% fewer men developing prostate cancer if taking finasteride. The mortality (death rate) from prostate cancer in men taking and not taking finasteride is about the same. It now appears that the original finding of more aggressive cancers was likely due to better cancer detection during the trial.

Dr Tony Steele

Authored 30 June 2016 by Dr Tony Steele
MB ChB Sheffield University 1983. Former hospital doctor and GP. GMC no. 2825328

Reviewed by Dr A. Wood, Dr C. Pugh, Dr B. Babor
Last reviewed 06 March 2024
Last updated 19 July 2024
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