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Buy Finasteride the safe and easy way without visiting your GP or pharmacy.

The brand supplied may vary. Please contact us if you require a specific brand.

 1 mg
28 Tablets£12.99
56 Tablets£24.99
84 Tablets£31.99
168 Tablets£49.99
Finasteride film-coated tablets
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Frequently asked questions

Finasteride blocks the action of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. Finasteride blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the androgen responsible for male pattern hair loss. The effect of finasteride scalp will only last as long as the medicine is taken. When it is stopped, the hair will be lost. Finasteride is available in 1mg tablets.
The recommended dosage is one 1 mg tablet daily. Finasteride may be taken with or without food. Three to six months of once daily treatment are required before evidence of stabilisation of hair loss can be expected. Continuous use is recommended to sustain benefit. If treatment is stopped, the beneficial effects begin to reverse by six months and return to baseline by 9 to 12 months.

Finasteride is the active ingredient in Propecia. You can purchase both cheaper finasteride (generic) compared to branded Propecia. Finasteride works by decreasing the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

A hair normally grows from each hair follicle for about three years, sheds and new hair grows from the follicle. DHT is a by product produced by the hair follicle and too much of it causes the hair follicle to shrink causing hair to grow thinner and shed more quickly. This eventually leads to a much smaller hair follicle and a thin hair that does not grow out to the skin surface. Finasteride prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. Therefore slows the progression and allows for regrowth. The treatment is only available for men and can also minimize and resolve hair thinning.

Finasteride and Propecia are generally well tolerated. We do not recommend finasteride to men who a hypersensitive to finasteride or who have severe liver disease.

Common side effects of finasteride include: decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, and ejaculation disorder. Sexual dysfunction tends to occur during the first year of treatment and decreases with the duration of treatments and resolved when treatment is discontinued. Mood alterations have been reported and patients should stop taking the medication if feeling depressed or if you develop any suicidal ideation.

You must speak to a clinician immediately if you experience a lump in your chest or breast. For full side effects please refer to the patient information leaflet.

On rare occasions seek medical attention if you experience depression, breast enlargement, tenderness, lumps, or nipple discharge, pain in the testicles.

Data suggests that men who are younger who have been balding for a shorter period with smaller areas of baldness may respond to treatment sooner. However, there is no firm evidence and all responses to treatment are individual.

Stabilization of hair loss can be expected following continuous use of Finasteride for 3-6 months. By the end of the year you should notice clear signs of hair regrowth. You will notice peak hair growth after 2 years, but treatment must be continued to maintain results. The beneficial effects begin to reverse by 6 months and return to before taking medication by 9-12 months.

Hair loss may occur due to an underlying cause. Patients should visit the GP if they suffer from the following as treatment of the underlying cause normally allow hair to regrow:

  • Any profound shedding or rapid onset of hair loss
  • Absent or reduced eyebrows or eyelashes
  • Inflammation, papules or pustules, scaling or scarring of the scalp
  • Severe infection, iron deficiency or hypothyroidism
  • Some medication such as antidepressants or anticoagulants
  • Change in diet or rapid weight loss

Regaine (Minoxidil) is readily available over the counter from pharmacies.

Finasteride is a prescription only medicine and can only be prescribed by a clinician. Unfortunately, all hair loss treatments are not available to prescribe from the NHS and therefore GPs will charge for a private consultation and a prescription. You will also pay for the medication from a pharmacy. However The Family Chemist clinician can prescribe both Finasteride (Propecia) and Regaine free of charge and only charge for the medicines and have it delivered to you in 24 hours.

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