Propecia 1mg tablets are available from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, 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 Online Doctor Hair Loss page.
Propecia 1mg Tablets is a medicine used to reduce hair loss or male pattern baldness. The brand Propecia contains the active ingredient Finasteride. Propecia (Finasteride) works by blocking the action of a 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.
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 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.
Propecia 1mg is an oral tablet designed to be taken once a day. The standard dose 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.
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. 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.
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 male pattern baldness and treat the areas that are starting to thin for maximum success.
- 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 0117 971 1603. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.
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.
Each Propecia tablet contains finasteride 1mg.
Each Propecia tablet also contains: lactose, microcrystalline cellulose E460, pregelatinised maize strach, sodium strach glycollate, docusate sodium, magnesium stearate E572, hypromellose E464, hydroxypropyl cellulose E463, titanium dioxide, talc, yellow iron oxide E172, red iron oxide E172.