Finasteride is a medication which can help men with mild to moderate male pattern hair loss to grow and keep their hair. It’s ideal for men who have noticed that their hair line is receding or their hair is thinning on top, and are looking for a way to keep their hair and keep it from thinning.
What is Finasteride?
Finasteride (finasteride) is a prescription-only hair loss treatment. It’s not available on the NHS so you need a private prescription. Alternatively, you can make a private appointment with your GP. We can also generate this at no extra cost when you complete your online assessment, and pay for your treatment. It is only suitable for men and should never be taken by women.
What is Finasteride used for?
Finasteride 1mg Tablets are used as a treatment for hair loss in men.
How To Take Finasteride?
Take ONE tablet once a day, with or without food.
How Effective Is Finasteride?
9 out of 10 men notice an improvement in their hair loss and the most men stop losing their hair, and some will also see regrowth of hair. Studies were made in men aged 18-41 with mild to moderate hair loss. On stopping Finasteride, hair loss will usually resume after six to twelve months.
How Does Finasteride Work?
Finasteride blocks the action of 5α-reductase, a hormone that affects hair growth in men.
How Long Does Finasteride Take To Work?
Due to the hair growth cycle, it generally takes 3-6 months for you to see the benefits of Finasteride. If you have not noticed any effect over this time, you should stop taking the medication.
What are the side effects of Finasteride ?
Side effects are uncommon and usually mild, but sometimes Finasteride can cause skin rashes. A concern for many men is that it can reduce sex drive and cause erection problems. Around 1.5% of men are affected by these side effects, which, in very rare cases, can continue to cause problems after stopping the medication.
What is the difference between Propecia and FInasteride?
Medically, Propecia and Finasteride (or ‘Generic Finasteride’) are equivalents. They both contain the active ingredient Finasteride 1mg.
Will Finasteride help an area of complete baldness?
No. Finasteride will only be effective on areas of the scalp that still have some hair growth. Finasteride will not regrow hair on completely bald areas.
Does Finasteride cause depression?
While rare, depression is a possible side effect of using Finasteride. This can also lead to suicidal thoughts. If you feel depressed when taking finasteride, stop taking the medication and see your GP.
Is improvement with Finasteride permanent?
Unfortunately not. You need to continue to take the medicine in order to maintain the effects. Once treatment is stopped, hair loss usually resumes.
Is Finasteride available on the NHS?
No. As this treatment is generally a cosmetic treatment, the NHS do not prescribe this medication for hair loss.
Can you get Cialis on the NHS?
Cialis can be prescribed on the NHS in men who have certain medication conditions, and other certain circumstances.
Does Finasteride work in women with hair loss?
No. The process by which women lose their hair is different from that in men. Finasteride will not be effective in reducing or stopping this, and should not be taken by women. In addition to this, Finasteride can cause serious side effects in women, particularly those who are of child bearing age.
Can I take a higher dose of Finasteride for quicker results?
No. Increasing the dosage has no effect on improving results. This will only increase the risk of serious side
Finasteride is a well-tolerated drug, and adverse effects are uncommon.
However, with any medication you take, there is always a risk of side effects occurring. Some are more common than others, and often side effects may subside with the regular usage of the medicine. If the side effects do not subside, you should report them to us, or your GP.
Of particular concern to some men are the possible sexual side effects of Finasteride. It has been reported that Finasteride can reduce sex drive in around 1.5% of men who take it.
Common Side Effects
The side effects listed below are more serious, and you should stop taking Finasteride, and report these to your GP immediately.
- Chills or cold sweats
- Episodes of confusion
- Dizziness / Fainting
- Lumps in your breast area. There have been rare reports of breast cancer in men taking finasteride.
- Suicidal Thoughts
For a full list of side effects, please read the patient information leaflet.
If you suffer from an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients, stop taking the medication.