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Finasteride 1mg - Prescription Hair Loss Tablets
Finasteride 1mg tablets (generic Propecia) are an inexpensive UK prescription-only medication that is issued to men to tackle hair loss and male pattern baldness (also known as androgenetic alopecia). They are the unbranded, generic, and cheaper version of popular hair loss drug Propecia, which has the same drug finasteride as its active ingredient. Just as effective, Finasteride is fast becoming a popular low-cost alternative to expensive branded hair loss treatments.
Finasteride is taken orally. Clinical studies have shown it to have up to a 90% success rate in combating hair loss and increasing hair growth in men, but it is not suitable to be taken by women. Please note that Finasteride is a baldness treatment, not a cure — you need to keep taking it for it to be effective.
Finasteride 1mg Tablets - Important Information
Buying Finasteride 1mg - Generic Propecia — a cheaper & just as effective treatment
Propecia’s original patent (held by Merck Sharp & Dohme) expired in the UK back in October 2014, which meant that pharmaceutical companies were able to create their own generic version. With the same active ingredient — finasteride — the generic treatments work in exactly the same way.
Finasteride is the non-branded, low-cost tablet form of the drug Propecia. Finasteride is actually the name of the active ingredient in the branded tablets, making Finasteride tablets medically the same at a much lower price. You can save over £30 per month on hair loss treatment by choosing Finasteride over branded treatment. Finasteride has been clinically proven to help with male hair loss, male pattern baldness, receding hairline, hair thinning, and in some cases even hair re-growth.
Finasteride 1mg tablets are produced by several pharmaceutical companies including; Actavis, Aurobindo-Milpharm, Accord, and Mylan. Finasteride 1mg tablets produced by Actavis are commonly known as Aindeem. As this treatment is generic, our pharmacy will dispense any of the above brands of Finasteride 1mg unless you inform our customer service team that you require a specific one.
What causes hair loss in men?
Hair loss is caused by male hormone testosterone being chemically converted into an androgenic hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Dihydrotestosterone leads to hair loss by causing your hair follicles to shrink, which in turn causes them to fall out. The symptoms of male pattern hair loss can vary from man to man, with men losing hair from different parts of their head. Usually, men see a thinning of the hair, as well as slower hair re-growth and a change in hair texture and quality. The change is normally gradual, however, that rate can vary from man to man, and it doesn’t usually affect facial hair in the same way.
There is a normal progression that is typical of male hair loss. First, you get a receding hairline that is then followed by thinning of the hair on the temples and crown of the head. This can then progress to complete baldness in some men, whereas others are left with horseshoe-shaped hair around the sides and back of the head.
There are also other forms of hair loss like alopecia areata (spot baldness), that can be brought on by stress. Finasteride would not be effective for treating this type of hair loss.
How Finasteride combats hair loss
The active ingredient, finasteride, is known as a 5α-Reductase inhibitor or a DHT blocker.
Finasteride tablets address hair loss by reducing the conversion of the male hormone testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone. This reduces the shrinkage of hair follicles, countering the process of hair loss.
By reducing this conversion process, Finasteride encourages hair regrowth. There is also an increase in hair thickness for the majority of men who take it. For Finasteride to really work, it needs to be taken continuously.
Finasteride 1mg results
Finasteride should be taken once daily, every day, to ensure it is effective. Men normally see positive results from finasteride hair loss treatment within three to six months. You need to be patient and persistent with your treatment initially - hair loss isn't stopped overnight!
You may first notice that your hair loss or receding hairline slows and then stops. In some cases, if the follicle is still able you may notice hair re-growth. The effects of taking Finasteride wear off six months after you stop taking the medication, with the effects ceasing completely nine to twelve months afterwards.
It should also be noted that your hair follicles grow and change every three years.
Finasteride is most effective in treating hair loss where there has been some receding hair line and thinning. Finasteride is less likely to be effective in areas where there is already complete hair loss. For best results, you should start taking finasteride 1mg tablets as early as possible when you notice your hair thinning.
You can read more about Finasteride results here.
Finasteride price vs Propecia
Although it is medically equivalent, Finasteride 1mg tablets are a generic hair loss treatment - this means that they are unbranded. Generic treatments are still manufactured to the same high standards as the branded treatments, however, the drug companies don't have the same high research costs to recoup, therefore unbranded Finasteride costs much less.
You can compare the costs to buy Finasteride and buy Propecia here:
Generic Finasteride Price Branded Propecia Price Saving 1 Month (28 tablets) £15.99 £51.99 £36.00 2 Months (56 tablets) £29.98 £92.98 £63.00 3 Months (84 tablets) £44.97 £122.49 £77.52 6 months (168 tablets) £85.98 £230.04 £144.06
Finasteride with other hair loss treatments
Although there is mixed clinical evidence to show extra effects, Finasteride can be used with topical hair loss treatment such as Regaine (minoxidil). It should not be taken with any other oral hair loss treatments or supplements.
Is it safe to buy Finasteride online?
In certain circumstances, yes. You need to make sure that you are buying from a UK-registered online pharmacy to ensure you receive genuine medication. If the website doesn't display its registration credentials clearly and doesn't have contact details clearly displayed, it's probably best to avoid it.
As male pattern baldness is easily self-diagnosed, The Independent Pharmacy is able to allow our doctors to prescribe Finasteride to men who are suffering from hair loss safely. We ask you to complete a short medical questionnaire before checkout to allow us to ensure that it will be safe for you and that you are likely to get the best results! We sort your private prescription for Finasteride 1mg tablets and pass it straight to our own pharmacy who dispatch it for you same day before 4pm.
Alternative treatments for hair loss and male pattern baldness
There is also another hair loss treatment on the market sold as Avodart which contains dutasteride. Originally sold as a treatment for an enlarged prostate, it can also be prescribed off-label for male hair loss. As a product, it’s similar to Finasteride: the reviews for both Finasteride and Avodart are generally positive.
You are able to take Regaine Extra Strength (minoxidil 5%) in addition to, or instead of, Finasteride. Regaine Extra Strength comes as either a lotion or foam and, alongside Finasteride and Avodart, it is the only hair loss treatment which is proven to be effective. Regaine is the only hair loss treatment that is available over the counter, you cannot buy Finasteride without a prescription.
There are also other options like hair loss surgery, but these procedures can be expensive and come with mixed results. Non-surgical remedies may be a safer option.
Some people buy hair growth tablets, supplements, and vitamins from online stores and shops on the high street — but these are often from dubious origins and cannot be proven to be effective and safe.
Generally, it’s best to stick to prescription medication. Speak to your doctor if you’re not sure.
- Finasteride 1mg tablets Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/3404/pil
- You are not able to get a prescription for Finasteride from the NHS.
- Finasteride must not be handled by pregnant women if the tablet is not in original, whole, form (broken, cracked, crumbled, crushed, etc...). This is because if the medication is absorbed through the skin of a pregnant woman, it may lead to abnormalities in a male baby.
- Finasteride can be handled by pregnant women as long as the tablet is in its original, whole, form. This is because the tablets have a coating on which is designed to stop their active ingredient from being absorbed into the skin.
- If you are taking Finasteride, then you should not donate blood while following the prescription, and not for a minimum of four weeks after completing the course of treatment. This is because if a pregnant women were to receive the blood of a man who was taking or had taken (less than four weeks previously) Finasteride, this may damage a male baby’s development.
- Men taking Finasteride have been reported to experience both infertility and a reduction in the quality of their semen.
- Finasteride has been known to affect the results of blood tests for level of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in a man’s blood. If you take a blood test while on a course of Finasteride then inform your doctor that you are taking the medication.
- There have been cases where men have been reported to have developed breast cancer while taking Finasteride. If you become aware of any pain, lumps, bumps, or any other changes in your breast area while taking Finasteride, then notify your doctor of these changes.
- Consult your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Discharge from your nipples
- Excessive fatigue
- Hair loss is patchy, irregular, or comes out in clumps
- Persistent diarrhoea
- Raid and recent hair loss
- Scalp inflammation
- Unexplained weight loss
Finasteride 1mg Dosage
- Those following a prescription of Finasteride should take one tablet once a day.
- The tablet should ideally be taken at the same time of the day, every day.
- If you are taking Finasteride, you are able to take the tablet with or without food.
- In order for Finasteride to be successful, it must be taken on a continual and daily basis, and in the way outlined above.
- If a dosage of Finasteride is missed, then continue taking the medication as normal and DO NOT take an additional tablet to cover the dose that was missed.
- DO NOT take Finasteride in a greater dosage than that outlined above, as this won’t increase the tablets’ effectiveness and is not recommended.
Finasteride 1mg ingredients
Each Finasteride tablet contains finasteride 1mg.
The inactive ingredients may contain: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinised starch, lauroyl macrogolglycerides, sodium starch glycollate– Type A, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), yellow and red iron oxide (E172), and macrogol 6000.
Finasteride side effects
Please be aware that medication affects those taking it in different ways – people who take Finasteride will not necessarily experience any of the known side effects below. These are some of the known side effects from taking Finasteride:
- Uncommon frequency: Affects between 1 and 10 people of every 1000:
- Decrease in sex drive
- Ejaculation disorders – including a reduced volume of ejaculation
- Impotence – difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection
- Unknown frequency:
- Hypersensitivity reactions – including: hives, itching, rash, or swelling of the face and lips
- Tender or swollen breasts
- Testicular pain
- Please note:
- Most men who take Finasteride respond well to the medication, and it is uncommon for men to experience side effects when taking Finasteride
- Side effects normally improve with time
- The increased risk of experiencing decreased libido, ejaculation disorder, erectile dysfunction, and impotence, mainly comes during the first year of taking Finasteride, and disappears after the medication has been taken for 2-4 years
- There have been cases reported of men experiencing continued erectile dysfunction or diminished libido after they have stopped taking Finasteride
- A March 2017 NHS Choices review of new research determined that where sexual problems do occur, almost all problems will be resolved if you stop taking Finasteride
- Taking Finasteride has been reported to cause suicidal thoughts in some men who took the medication
For more information on the side effects of Finasteride read our dedicated guide.
- Uncommon frequency: Affects between 1 and 10 people of every 1000:
Finasteride 1mg Tablets reviews
Finasteride 1mg Tablets FAQs
Since the UK patent for Finasteride expired on 11 October 2014, 'generic Finasteride' been available from pharmacies.
A generic medicine is medically the same as a branded version. It is sold under its medical name rather than a brand name, meaning that a generic medicine is a low cost, inexpensive, version of a branded medicine.
The active ingredient of Finasteride tablets is Finasteride 1mg. Finasteride tablets and Finasteride 1mg tablets are medically the same. Sometimes generic medicines also have their own brand names, such as Aindeem.
Clinical studies among men aged 18-41 (with mild to moderate hair loss) have shown that Finasteride has led to a noticeable improvement in hair growth after after 4-6 months of taking Finasteride 1mg daily.
After 1-2 years Finasteride is at its maximum level of benefit.
If you take Finasteride for 5 years, you have a 90% chance of having either more or the same amount of hair that you had when you began taking the medication. This compares with a 25% chance in men who have not been taking Finasteride.
You should only take Finasteride if it has been prescribed to you by a registered doctor.
Finasteride is only for men over the age of 18 – it should not be used by women due to serious risks during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and it is not suitable for children and adolescents.
Finasteride should not be taken by men who are taking Proscar or any other 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor medicines for benign prostatic hyperplasia or other conditions.
You do not need to take a blood test before taking Finasteride.
However, if you are aged over 50 (or 40 if you have a greater than normal risk of developing prostate cancer) it is recommended that you have a before taking Finasteride.
That said, if you are aged 50 and over (40 and over if you have a high risk of developing prostate cancer) you should have a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test before taking Finasteride.
Irrespective of height or weight, the dosage of Finasteride is the same for everyone. This is because only a dosage of 1mg per day is required in order for Finasteride to be effective for hair loss. Finasteride can be taken at different dosages for other medical conditions. It is no more effective for hair loss if a higher dose is taken.
You can read more about the Finasteride dosage here.
Finasteride works in men of any age, but has been shown to be at its most effective in younger men.
Finasteride has been shown to work for 15 years or more in most men who take it. It normally works for the duration of your course of treatment, however there is the possibility that it will lose some of its effectiveness over time.
Finasteride has no effect on transplanted hair.
Finasteride has been shown to work in the front of the scalp as long as there is some hair in the area.
Finasteride can help men who are experiencing any hair loss, male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia at any stage, however it is more effective the sooner it is started and is most effective at tackling hair loss found on the vertex (top of the scalp).
Finasteride hasn’t been proven to:
- Restore hair to areas which are completely bald
- Reverse frontline hair loss/receding
- Reverse hair loss in the temple regions
Most men who take Finasteride experience no problems when trying to conceive.
However, in some cases Finasteride has led to male infertility. It has done so by reducing the sperm count in the men affected, along with making their ejaculate more watery.
If you are taking Finasteride had have been experiencing difficulties in trying to conceive for 4-6 months and having difficulty, then it is not unreasonable to cease taking Finasteride.
If the woman does not come into contact with Finasteride when trying to conceive then there will be no congenital deformities or issues with the fetus. This means that women should not take, or even touch, Finasteride tablets when they are of child-bearing age.
Finasteride can also be found in the sperm so you should wear a condom whilst using Finasteride 1mg tablets and not try to conceive during this time.
Ceasing your treatment of Finasteride will not lead to further hair loss.
However, once you have stopped taking Finasteride you will not receive the benefits that you had while you were taking the medication, and you may experience an initial shedding of hair.
Finasteride has been proven to make hair grow back stronger, and faster. However, it won't’ substantially change your hair texture or quality.
Women cannot take Propecia because of the way that it interacts with female hormones. It’s not safe for women to take it, even in small doses.
Finasteride is cheaper because it’s a generic version of a branded, previously patented drug, Propecia. Once the patent lapsed, manufacturers were able to move in and sell their own versions of the drug for less than the original. The price difference between the two is quite substantial, especially when considered over a long period of time.