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About 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.
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Propecia 1mg Tablets information
What is Propecia and what is it used for?
Propecia 1mg is a daily tablet used to reduce hair loss or male pattern baldness in adult males over the age of 18 years. 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.
How does Propecia work to treat hair loss
Propecia contains the active ingredient finasteride, which 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).
How quickly does Propecia work?
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.
Propecia vs finasteride
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.
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, their 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.
- Homoeopathy (vitamins & minerals)
- Wigs/Hair Pieces
- Hair Transplants and surgery
Do not take Propecia if any of the following apply to you:
- you are a woman (because this medicine is for men). It has been shown in clinical trials that Propecia does not work in women with hair loss.
- you are allergic (hypersensitive) to finasteride or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
- If you are already taking finasteride or dutasteride used for a prostate problem called
- benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Propecia if:
• You are going to have a blood test for prostate cancer called PSA (prostate-specific antigen). This is because Propecia can affect the result of this test.
Propecia and fertility
Infertility has been reported in men who took finasteride for long time and had other risk factors that may affect fertility. Normalisation or improvement of the quality of semen has been reported after discontinuing use of finasteride. Long-term clinical studies about the effects of finasteride on fertility in men have not been conducted.
Propecia, mood alterations and depression
Mood alterations such as depressed mood, depression and, less frequently, suicidal thoughts have been reported in patients treated with Propecia. If you experience any of these symptoms stop taking Propecia and contact your doctor for further medical advice.
Other medicines and Propecia
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any
• Do not take Propecia if you are already taking finasteride or dustasteride, used for a
prostate problem called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
• No information is available about the use of Propecia with minoxidil, another type of
medicine for male pattern hair loss which is applied to the head.
Please read the Patient Information Leaflet before using this medication.
How to use Propecia
- 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.
Each Propecia tablet contains the active ingredient: 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.
Not everyone will experience side effects when using Propecia, however, if you do develop 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
- skin rash
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 and you are concerned you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice as soon as possible. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.
Propecia 1mg Tablets reviews
Propecia 1mg Tablets FAQs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alcohol has no effect on Propecia.
No, Propecia doesn’t make you drowsy and it will not affect your ability to drive.
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.
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.
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.
No, the effects of Propecia are limited to the head only. It does not cause hair growth on other parts of the body.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Propecia can treat overall hair thinning and hair loss, including addressing specific areas such as a receding hair line or thinning crown.