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Propecia 1mg Tablets

Propecia 1mg Tablets (28 tablets)

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Description for Propecia 1mg Tablets

Propecia tablets are a branded prescription-only medicine given to men to help cure male pattern baldness and hair loss (also known as androgenic alopecia). Often cheaper to buy online, the cost of Propecia pills varies depending on whether you opt for branded or an unbranded alternative. Usually prescribed as a dosage of 1 mg daily, Propecia is effective in approximately 90% of men.

Buy Propecia online after completing a short online consultation reviewed by one of our UK prescribers from The Independent Pharmacy. We’re a regulated supplier of pharmaceutical medicines with great prices and fast delivery. We do not recommend buying any form of medicine from an unregulated source, as there’s a risk you’re not getting the correct treatment for your condition.

Product Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 6

  • Pregnancy: N/A

    Breastfeeding: N/A

Propecia vs finasteride

Propecia contains the active ingredient finasteride, which stops the male hormone testosterone being converted into dihydrotestosterone (5α-dihydrotestosterone) that causes hair follicles to shrink and stop producing hair. It does so by blocking an enzyme known as type II 5 alpha-reductase that regulates the production of the male hormone.

When the breakdown of testosterone is thus prevented by Propecia, hair follicles can return to their natural size and continue to produce hair. Men taking Propecia often find that their hair also grows back stronger and thicker.

Propecia 1mg tablets are available from The Independent Pharmacy, following a free consultation, for the treatment of male-pattern baldness (hair loss or androgenic alopecia). To find out more about male pattern baldness and see all the available treatments, see our Hair Loss page.

The patent on Propecia has now expired (it lapsed in 2014), and the treatment is now available as generic Finasteride 1mg at a cheaper price.This may be an option for anyone seeking low cost hair loss treatment in the UK.


How does Propecia work to treat hair loss

Propecia 1mg is a daily tablet used to reduce hair loss or male pattern baldness. The branded medicine Propecia contains the active ingredient finasteride and is manufactured by Merck. It’s part of a group of drugs known as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors and has been on the market since 1997.

Propecia works by blocking the action of an androgenic hormone in the body called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  DHT can cause hair follicles to shrink and stop producing hair. When the breakdown of testosterone to DHT is prevented by Propecia, hair follicles can return to their natural size and continue to produce hair like before. Propecia works best for hair loss over the top of the scalp (also known as the vertex).

Men regularly taking Propecia 1mg tablets will usually see improved hair growth after three months of use. This gradual improvement will continue for two years. After five years of use, studies and reviews show that 90% of Propecia users will have the same amount, if not more hair compared to when they started treatment.  If you stop taking Propecia, the beneficial effects will begin to wear off after approximately six months. After nine to twelve months the effects of Propecia will have completely worn off, resulting in the hair loss being the same as it was before treatment.


Taking Propecia

Propecia 1mg is an oral tablet designed to be taken once a day. The standard dosage is for one 1mg tablet to be taken, either with or without food, at any time during the day. Propecia is most effective in men aged 18-41 with mild to moderate hair loss. This is because Propecia is much more effective at preventing hair loss and maintaining hair than regrowing hair that has already been lost; although it can also help in this case.

Propecia, at a different dosage, is also prescribed to men to treat enlarged prostate glands.


Treating male pattern baldness: alternative remedies

A thinning scalp and going bald can be stressful for a man. Even though all our hair follicles renew every few years, people often become emotionally attached to their hair, and can’t imagine living without it. Your hair may be falling out for a number of reasons (even stress causes hair loss), but Propecia is most effective in treating male pattern baldness. 

Although there is no significant clinical data, anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that Propecia can be safely used in conjunction with Regaine (minoxidil) foam or solution for added benefit. An alternative hair loss treatment to consider would be Avodart (dutasteride). 

There are also a number of hair loss shampoos, conditioners and supplements in our Male Hair Loss section that can be used safely alongside Propecia. (Note: alongside finasteride, minoxidil, and dutasteride are the only other treatments with a proven clinical track record for tackling hair loss).

In general, it is much easier to keep existing hair than to regrow hair where the follicle has stopped working. You should ensure you are proactive in your approach to baldness and treat the areas that are starting to thin for maximum success. Drugs like Propecia can halt your balding and prevent any further hair loss, as well as encourage regrowth, but they won’t magically give you a full head of hair in a week — you have to wait a few months until you start to see real results.


Non-medicinal alternatives to treating hair loss

There are a few non-medicinal alternatives for hair loss, however there success rates do vary, and some can be quite costly. There is little evidence to suggest herbal remedies are effective. Research is recommended if you decide to proceed with any of these options.

  • Homeopathy (vitamins & minerals)
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Wigs/Hair Pieces
  • Hair Transplants and surgery

Propecia Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/2194/pil

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.
  • You should take one Propecia 1mg tablet daily at the same time each day, morning or evening.
  • Propecia can take up to 3 – 6 months to achieve an effect, although it may be quicker in some men.
  • If you miss a dose of Propecia, skip the missed dose and continue as normal from the next day. Never take more than one tablet a day to make up for a missed dose.
  • You should never take more than one Propecia tablet a day.
  • You can take Propecia with or without food.

It is important to continue taking Propecia regularly, the effects will reverse after 6 – 12 months of stopping.

If you do experience side effects from Propecia they may include testicular pain, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased volume of ejaculate, breast tenderness and enlargement; rashes, itching and swelling of the lips and face. Propecia has a small risk of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and skin rash as with all medicines. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for a full list of side effects.

If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is important to let us know immediately. Please log in to your online account and message one of our healthcare professionals or alternatively call us on 0333 2200 519. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.

Each Propecia tablet contains finasteride 1mg.

Each Propecia tablet also contains: lactose, microcrystalline cellulose E460, pregelatinised maize starch, sodium starch glycollate, docusate sodium, magnesium stearate E572, hypromellose E464, hydroxypropyl cellulose E463, titanium dioxide, talc, yellow iron oxide E172, red iron oxide E172. 

Propecia does not normally affect any other medicines.

You should not take Propecia if you are already taking finasteride or dutasteride for your prostate.

Always read the Patient Information Leaflet before you take Propecia. 

Propecia is only suitable for use by men. Propecia should never be taken by women and should not be handled by women of childbearing age. 

Propecia tablets should not be crushed or broken. 

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the active ingredient in Propecia tablets?

    Propecia is a branded medicine that contains the active ingredient Finasteride. These tablets are available in 1mg and 5mg strengths. The stronger 5mg tablets are used for a different condition known as BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) or an enlarged prostate.

    Propecia are used to treat male androgenic alopecia, commonly known as male pattern baldness or male hair loss.

  • How does Propecia work?

    A number of factors control hair loss in men, including genetic factors and a hormone called DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). Increased levels of DHT can cause the shrinking of hair follicles in the scalp which eventually leads to hair loss.

    Propecia lowers the levels of DHT in the body and thus reducing hair loss and helping to reverse the hair loss process. It helps to produce thick hair and not fluffy, thin hair.

    It is important to tell your doctor you are taking Propecia tablets if you are going for a prostate test. Propecia can lower PSA levels; the unit of measurement for prostate tests and give a false reading.

  • How do I take Propecia tablets to get the best results?

    Take one tablet daily, at the same time each day. Swallow the tablets whole. It can be taken with food or on an empty stomach.

    The tablet formulation is easy, quick and convenient to take. Unlike shampoos or applications to the scalp, which can be messy or time consuming. Propecia can also be taken after a hair transplant to further aid established hair growth.

    It is best started as soon as possible when you notice hair loss; results are seen sooner if treatment is started within the first year of noticeable hair loss.

    Only take one tablet a day. Propecia does not work faster if you take more than the recommended dose.

  • How long does it take to see results from Propecia?

    This varies from one man to another. The reduction in DHT levels happens very quickly but the regeneration of hair and reduction in hair loss can take months before you see a noticeable difference. It is important to start as soon as possible and continue treatment every day for at least 6-9 months before assessing to continue further.

    We recommend you take photos of the area to compare in the following months to ensure you can accurately decide if the medication is having the desired effect.

    It is also not uncommon to shed hair in the initial stages; this is normal and to be expected. As the finer hair is shed thicker hair replaces it.

  • What will happen if I stop taking Propecia?

    You need to take the tablets continuously to see an effect. This usually happens within 3-6 months of taking Propecia tablets. Discontinuation of the treatment would mean the DHT levels would rise to their previous levels and you would lose the hair that you have gained over the next 9 to 12 months.

  • What are the side effects of Propecia tablets? Are they permanent?

    As with all medication there is a chance of side effects, however there is no guarantee you will experience any of the following (they usually only affect around 1 in 100 men):

    • Some men may find they have difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection. 
    • A decrease in sexual desire
    • A decrease in seminal fluid however this does not affect sexual function.

    For a full list of side effects, view our Finasteride Side Effects blog.

  • What's the difference between the branded Propecia and unbranded Finasteride tablets?

    When a medicine is produced the manufacturers are granted a license so only they can produce it for a set number of years. This is usually to recoup research and development costs as some medications may take years and hundreds of thousands of pounds  to produce.

    When the license expires other manufacturers can produce it oo and the price falls as the supply increases. They are often called generic or unbranded medicines.

    The active ingredients in these and the branded versions are the same and they undergo the same testing and quality control as branded medicines and there is little to separate them other than the price.

    When the patent on the branded Propecia tablets expired, other drug companies were free to make their own unbranded Finasteride 1mg tablets.

  • What medicines can interact with Propecia tablets?

    The levels and effects of Propecia are increased with Diltiazem, Fluconazole and Itraconazole.

    There is a small chance that other medication may also interact and we advise you tell us all your medication history so we may accurately advise you on the best course of treatment.

    You should not take Propecia to treat male hair loss if you are already taking Finasteride or Dutasteride for your prostate.

    If your medication changes or you would like to take some over-the-counter remedies, please check with your doctor or pharmacist first.

  • Can you drink alcohol whilst taking Propecia?

    Alcohol has no effect on Propecia.

  • Do Propecia tablets make you drowsy?

    No, Propecia doesn’t make you drowsy and it will not affect your ability to drive.

  • What other treatments can I use with Propecia to boost my hair growth?

    You can combine Propecia tablets with Regaine (minoxidil) hair treatments for a boost to your hair loss. They work in different ways and can be used together successfully. Regaine does not affect DHT but it is thought that it widens blood vessel allowing more oxygen blood and nutrients on to the follicle. Best results are seen in younger men with hair loss in the centre of the head with hair loss of less than 5 years.

  • Can women take Propecia?

    Propecia is for hair loss in men only.

    Women of childbearing age or who are already pregnant should not come I contact with broken or crushed tablets and contact is best avoided completely. If contact or ingestion occurs speak to a doctor without delay. The active ingredient in Propecia can interfere with the normal development of a baby’s sexual organs. You should use a condom or another form of contraception whilst you are taking this medication as it may have an adverse effect on the unborn child.

    If you want to donate blood then you need to ensure you have waited at least 1 month after you have stopped the treatment.

  • Does Propecia affect your fertility?

    Conclusive long-term studies into men taking Propecia over a long period of time have not been conducted. Some men who have had low fertility risk factors and have been taking Propecia for a long time have reported infertility. However men have been taking Propecia for a long time with no effect of their ability to have children.

    One of the potential side effects that may affect 1 in 100 men is lowering of the volume of seminal fluid that is ejaculated during sexual intercourse. The seminal quality and volume increase when the medication is discontinued.

  • Will Propecia affect hair growth on other parts of my body as well?

    No, the effects of Propecia are limited to the head only. It does not cause hair growth on other parts of the body.

  • Does Propecia cause shedding?

    Almost every type of hair loss treatment out there can cause some initial shedding – and Propecia is no exception. This initial shedding phase is very normal in the first few months of taking Propecia tablets. It doesn’t mean your body isn’t responding to treatment or that it’s making the hair loss worse – this phase simply makes way for new hair to be produced by the follicles. Usually, the shedding phase clears up within a few months, and you will start seeing results.

  • Propecia hair loss reviews

    Propecia sometimes receives negative reviews due to its side effects, which can include dizziness, nausea, headaches and insomnia. Of course, side effects can differ from person to person. It takes some time to work before seeing significant improvement, so if you start experiencing serious side effects, you may want to weigh up whether the results are worth it for you. Others experience no side effects whatsoever and achieve much thicker, fuller hair after taking Propecia.

  • Propecia vs proscar: which is more effective?

    Proscar and Propecia contain the same drug at different strengths, which can sometimes cause confusion about which is the best pill to take for hair loss. Both contain the same active ingredient (Finasteride) and are made by the same company. But while Propecia is designed primarily to treat hair loss, Proscar contains a higher dose of active ingredient and is usually given to men with enlarged prostates. However, there’s no evidence to suggest that a higher dose is more effective at preventing hair loss, therefore Propecia is likely to be just as effective as Proscar for hair loss and the lower dose means it has less side effects.

  • Is Propecia an anabolic steroid?

    Finasteride is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor – not an anabolic steroid. It is sometimes taken by anabolic steroid users to combat some of their unpleasant side effects.

  • Does Propecia regrow hair on the crown?

    Propecia is proven to be effective at regrowing lost hair over time, but localising its growth to the crown and hairline area is not always possible. Because it also thickens the existing hairs, you may find the appearance of your hairline improves, but it is not guaranteed.

  • How much does Propecia cost per month?

    Propecia costs about £51.99 a month, but you can save by buying multiple months of treatment at once.

    It can be up to 70% cheaper to buy generic Propecia tablets. You can buy generic Finasteride 1mg tablets from less than £15 per month.

  • What is the difference between Finasteride & Propecia?

    Finasteride is the active ingredient — Propecia is the name of the drug brand. You can also buy generic Propecia which is sold as Finasteride tablets and shares the same active ingredient: finasteride.

  • Can I get Propecia over-the-counter?

    It’s available on prescription from your doctor or regulated UK online pharmacies, but there are some over-the-counter hair loss remedies like Regaine you may also want to explore.

  • Which is the best medicine for hair growth?

    Propecia is one of the most effective hair loss treatments out there, and one of the only ones with a clinical track record to prove that it works.

  • Is Propecia good for a receding hairline?

    Propecia can treat overall hair thinning and hair loss, including addressing specific areas such as a receding hair line or thinning crown.

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Scott McDougall


Published on: 02-02-2017

Last modified on: 25-09-2019

Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

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Chris Newbury

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Reviewed on: 25-09-2019

Next review date: 25-09-2021

Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.

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