Propecia contains the active ingredient finasteride. Propeica stops the male hormone testosterone being converted into other forms that can cause hair follicles to shrink and stop producing hair. When the breakdown of testosterone is prevented by Propecia, hair follicles can return to their natural size and continue to produce hair.
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.
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.
- 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 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.
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.
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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.
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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 BHP (benign prostatic hyperplasia) or an enlarged prostate.
Propecia (Finasteride 1mg) 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 you 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 tablet whole. It can be taken with food or on an empty stomach.
The tablet formulation is an 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 not normal and is 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 effect sexual function.
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 too 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 you medication history so we may accurately advise you on the best course or treatment.
You should not take Propecia (Finasteride 1mg) 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/Finasteride.
No, Propecia doesn’t make you drowsy and it will not affect your ability to drive.
You can combine Propecia tablets with Regaine 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 in 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 in to 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.