Propecia (finasteride 1mg) tablets to prevent and reverse hair loss in men, and help restore hair growth. Available to buy online from Dr Fox Pharmacy.
- Long term daily tablet
- Low cost generic version available
- Clinically proven
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Finasteride 1mg (generic Propecia)
Since 2014 lower cost generic Propecia called finasteride 1mg has been licensed for sale in the UK. Generic finasteride 1mg tablets and Merck's Propecia tablets are medically the same and are both available from Dr Fox.
|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||£58.80|
|Propecia 1mg (Merck)||28 tablets||£42.40|
|Propecia 1mg (Merck)||56 tablets||£81.70|
|Propecia 1mg (Merck)||84 tablets||£108.40|
|Propecia 1mg (Merck)||168 tablets||£214.00|
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||£2.00|
|up to £40||£3.00|
|Pharmacy||28 tablets||56 tablets||84 tablets||168 tablets|
|Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor||£39.00||£69.00||£99.00||£139.00|
|Branded Propecia||28 tablets||56 tablets||84 tablets||168 tablets|
UK delivery only: £2.90 per consultation via Royal Mail 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.
Improved growth usually starts after about three months and is usually noticeable by 4-6 months. Maximum benefit is seen at 1-2 years. At the end of 5 years men taking Propecia/finasteride 1mg tablets have a 90% chance of having more or the same amount of hair they started with. This compares with 25% of men not taking Propecia/finasteride 1mg (see study details).
How Propecia/finasteride 1mg works
Propecia/finasteride 1mg tablets bring about hair regrowth by reducing the amount of a hormone in the scalp called DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Improvement is normally seen within 3 months. Improvement usually continues for 2 years and in most cases there is a noticeable difference in hair thickness after 5 years of Propecia/finasteride 1mg use.
Further information on how finasteride works.
Men at any stage of male pattern hair loss are likely to benefit.
Propecia/finasteride 1mg is most effective for hair loss over the top of the scalp (vertex).
Propecia/finasteride 1mg has NOT been proven to:
- Reverse receding frontal hairline.
- Reverse hair loss which is ONLY in the temple regions (the area at sides of the forehead).
- Restore hair to entirely bald areas.
Clinical studies were conducted on men aged 18-41 years with mild to moderate hair loss, but not complete hair loss.
The best results of Propecia/finasteride 1mg treatment are seen after two years, at which time hair growth is likely to be at its thickest.
- 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 - a doctor should be consulted.
- Where hair loss is patchy or irregular, or hair comes out in clumps, or there is scalp inflammation, the scalp should be examined by a GP or dermatologist.
- Blood tests carried out to detect prostate cancer (PSA) can give misleading results when Propecia/finasteride 1mg is being taken. Tell your doctor that you are taking Propecia/finasteride, if you are having a PSA test.
- 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.
Reduced libido and erectile dysfunction are possible, but not often severe enough to stop use. Some men have reported episodes of depressive illness and suicidal thoughts. There are some case reports of diminished libido or erectile dysfunction persisting after stopping Propecia/finasteride.
In 2017 the NHS reviewed new research and concluded that
If sexual problems do occur, the drug can be stopped and the problem will resolve in nearly all cases. An editorial in the British Medical Journal in 2019 supported this position but suggested a need for further research.
Other side effects can include breast tenderness, gynaecomastia (enlarged breast tissue in men), and anxiety or depression.
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 or depression develops, stop treatment and consult your GP straight away.
See patient leaflet for full list of side effects.
Regaine topical is the only other proven effective hair loss treatment. Regaine is applied to the scalp twice daily. Men can use Regaine and Propecia tablets/finasteride 1mg at the same time.
Patient Information Leaflet
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.
How does it work?
A natural hormone, DHT, speeds up the rate of hair loss. Propecia blocks the action of DHT. Hairs naturally fall out and regrow in the same place. Propecia reduces the rate at which hairs fall out and promotes new hairs to grow in their place. Propecia works at the level of hair follicles.
Will Propecia work for me?
Propecia will only treat male pattern hair loss, where hair is receding at the front and temple region (either side of the brow) and thinning over the top of the head. Other types of hair loss, such as overall thinning over the whole scalp or patchy hair loss, will not respond to Propecia. Not all male pattern hair loss will respond to treatment. See question about effectiveness above.
Will Propecia restore hair to an area of complete baldness?
If hair has already been completely lost in an area, Propecia will not make hair grow again in that area. It can prevent further hair loss.
How effective is Propecia?
In studies, most men with male pattern hair loss taking Propecia see an increase in hair growth in the first 2 years and after 5 years have more hair than when they started. This compares with gradual continuous hair loss in untreated men.
Why is Propecia expensive?
Propecia is a brand name for tablets containing the active ingredient finasteride. The pharmaceutical company Merck first developed finasteride and is the only company which markets finasteride 1mg under the original brand name of Propecia. Merck keeps its prices for Propecia high, but there are lower cost finasteride 1mg tablets available from other pharmaceutical companies containing exactly the same active ingredient, finasteride 1mg (also available from Dr Fox).
Do Propecia tablets work if they are cut in half?
Propecia tablets should be swallowed whole. Each tablet contains 1mg of finasteride which is the daily amount required for the treatment of hair loss.
How long does it take for Propecia to work?
Improvement should be seen after three months, although optimal results are usually seen after 2 years.
Can men over 45 years old benefit from Propecia?
There may be a benefit for men over 45. The medicine licence for Propecia relies on studies carried out on men from 18-41 years only.
Can Propecia cause impotence and fertility problems?
There is a lot of controversy surrounding this question, particularly in online forums. The pharmaceutical company Merck gives the following advice in its patient information leaflet supplied with Propecia tablets:
Effects on fertility - Infertility has been reported in men who took finasteride for a long time and had other risk factors that may affect fertility. Normalisation or improvement of seminal quality has been reported after discontinuation of finasteride. Long-term clinical studies about the effects of finasteride on fertility in men have not been conducted.
Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people
- you may be unable to have an erection (impotence)
- you may have less desire to have sex
- you may have problems with ejaculation, for example a decrease in the amount of semen released during sex. This decrease in the amount of semen does not appear to affect normal sexual function.
These side effects above may disappear after a while if you continue taking Propecia. If these symptoms persist, they usually resolve after stopping Propecia.
- persistent difficulty having an erection after discontinuation of treatment
- persistent decrease in sex drive after discontinuation of treatment
- persistent problems with ejaculation after discontinuation of treatment
- male infertility and/or poor quality of semen
March 2017: The NHS reviewed new research and concluded
If sexual problems do occur, the drug can be stopped and the problem will resolve in nearly all cases.
NHS: Hair loss drugs linked with erectile dysfunction
Will the effects of Propecia wear off after stopping treatment?
Yes, the gains made from taking Propecia are likely to be lost in the 9-12 months after stopping treatment.
What is generic Propecia?
Propecia is the brand name used by Merck for tablets which contain the active ingredient finasteride 1mg. Other pharmacy companies produce 1mg finasteride tablets, usually at lower cost, and these are known as generic Propecia (also available from Dr Fox). See generic medicines FAQs page.
What type of hair loss benefits from Propecia?
Propecia treats male pattern hair loss, where hair thins at the front and sides and over the top of the head. Generalised thinning of the hair, not in the typical pattern, will not respond to Propecia. Propecia will not restore hair to areas of complete baldness.
How long do I need to take Propecia?
Propecia is a long-term daily tablet. Benefits are usually seen after about 2 months and continue for up to 5 years, and probably longer. Benefits are lost 9-12 months after stopping treatment.
Can I get cheap Propecia?
Propecia prices tend to be high because Merck, the company which produces this brand of 1mg finasteride tablets, keeps the wholesale price to pharmacies quite high. Some pharmacies, particularly Dr Fox, keep mark-ups low and supply Propecia at lower costs than others. It is worth shopping around. Non-Merck finasteride 1mg tablets (generic Propecia) are usually cheaper, and contain the same active ingredient.
Can women use Propecia?
Propecia will be ineffective for hair thinning in women and there is a risk of serious side effects, particularly in women of childbearing age, who should not even handle Propecia tablets (tablets are film coated to reduce the risk).
Can Propecia be used with other hair loss treatments?
The only other proven treatment is topical minoxidil, marketed as Regaine, and this can be used at the same time with additional benefit.
- Merck Sharp & Dohme, 2020, Propecia 1mg Tablets: Summary of Product Characteristics, accessed 09 December 2020
- McClellan, Markham, 2012, Drugs: Finasteride: a review of its use in male pattern hair loss, accessed 09 December 2020
Slowly but surely this had a great effect
I have been taking propecia for male pattern hair loss for over 6 years now. Initially I did get some aching in the testicles which worried me, and felt a bit 'funny' at times but persevered and those effects stopped after a few months. My hair is still as thick as it was 6 years ago and the balding patch has not really grown much so am pretty happy as it was growing fast in the few years before i started taking this medication.
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get product, been using it for a decade and still have my hair , it stopped it from going any further.
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