Finasteride

(Generic Propecia)

Finasteride is used to treat the symptoms of male-pattern hair loss. It's a generic version of a medicine called Propecia.

  • Take one tablet every day

  • 3 to 6 months

  • £27.50 / month

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Finasteride at a glance

Dosage
1mg

Usage
Take one tablet every day

See effect in
3 to 6 months

Packs
Available in packs of 28 tablets

Delivery
Discreet delivery within 48 hours

Subscription
Delivered monthly. Cancel any time.

How it works

  • Finasteride works by blocking the production of DHT, the hormone responsible for male-pattern hair thinning and hair loss.
  • Treatment with finasteride results in reduced hair loss and in some cases, hair regrowth.
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65% of men see improved scalp coverage using finasteride

It really does work

Data from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

We only offer medical products that have been licensed for sale in the UK and are regulated by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

How to use it

  • 1

    Answer questions about your health

    Complete an online consultation: A member of our clinical team will be able to tell you if this is the right treatment for you.

  • 2

    Make it a habit

    Take 1 tablet every day: finasteride works best when taken consistently –so try make it a habit.

  • 3

    Slow and steady wins the race

    Be patient: men usually see results after 3-6 months. Don’t be discouraged.

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Finasteride: The facts you need to know

  • How does finasteride work?

    One of the main factors involved in male-pattern hair loss is the activity of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) on the hair follicles. When present, DHT activates a receptor in the hair follicle which causes the growth phase of the hair to gradually decrease, and shrinks the follicle resulting in finer, shorter hairs until the growth phase is so short that the hairs do not exit the scalp at all.

    Finasteride stops the production of DHT. It works as an inhibitor of 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme which converts testosterone into DHT. This means that less DHT is present in the scalp (around 60% less), preventing further hair loss and in some cases, promoting hair regrowth.

  • Is finasteride suitable for me?

    Finasteride is suitable for men with mild to moderate male-pattern hair loss but it is not effective for men with complete hair loss. Finasteride is not advised in men who are actively planning for a pregnancy with their partner. Finasteride is not suitable for women. A full list of warnings and precautions is contained within the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) which you should always read before taking finasteride for the first time.

  • How effective is finasteride treatment?

    In a trial* of 1553 men with male-pattern hair loss, treatment with finasteride resulted in improved scalp coverage in around two-thirds of men and slowed the progression of hair loss in the other one-third. Only about 1% of men in the trial lost hair whilst taking finasteride.

    * https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9777765

  • What are the side effects of finasteride?

    Occasionally, men taking finasteride experience changes in their sexual function. In trials*, only around 1.5% of men experienced symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, decreased libido and ejaculatory dysfunction. Stopping treatment usually leads to resolution of these symptoms.

    Other rare side effects of finasteride include testicular pain, depression and breast tissue growth/tenderness. A complete list of side effects is available in the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) enclosed with your medication, which you should always read before taking it for the first time.

    * https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/article-abstract/422032

  • How long does finasteride take to work?

    You should start noticing reduced hair loss and/or regrowth of hair after about four to six months. The best results appear after one to two years of treatment.

  • What happens if I stop taking finasteride?

    In most cases, any improvement in the quality or quantity of your hair that you noticed during the time you were taking finasteride will be lost within 6-12 months of stopping treatment.

    If you forget to take your dose of finasteride one day, don’t worry. Just take your dose as normal - you should not double the dose to make up for the dose you forgot.

  • Can I get finasteride on the NHS?

    Not currently, no. For use in male-pattern hair loss, finasteride is only available on private prescription.

Prescriptions from £27.50/month

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