(Generic version of Propecia)
Medically proven to turn back the clock on hair loss, finasteride is a front-runner for follicle-challenged men on earth. Finasteride is prescribed online with a free doctor consultation.
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What is finasteride?
Finasteride, also known by the brand name “Propecia”, is a medicine for the treatment and prevention of male pattern baldness, which affects men even from a very young age. So don’t be alarmed. We’ve been there.
Finasteride uses the same active ingredient as Propecia and is MHRA approved to treat hair loss in men. The two drugs are medically the same and contain the same amount of the active ingredient.
HOW DOES FINASTERIDE WORK?
Finasteride blocks an important enzyme (Type II 5α-reductase) from converting your natural testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone ) which attacks your hair follicles. This helps to stop hair loss in its tracks and encourages the hair to regrow.
HOW LONG DOES FINASTERIDE TAKE TO WORK?
In general, daily use for 3 to 6 months may be necessary before you notice any improvement in the amount of hair or a reduction in the amount of hair you are losing. It is important to continue using finasteride as long as it is prescribed, which is usually 6 months or more. If you stop treatment or take a break, you may lose the hair you have gained after a few months.
Finasteride is used as a treatment for hair loss in men.
Unfortunately not. Finasteride will only work on areas of the scalp that still have some hair growth and cannot grow hair on completely bald areas. We recommend starting finasteride as early as possible to see the greatest impact.
Finasteride is a long term medication and results can usually be seen after around 3 to 6 months of continuous usage. We recommend using finasteride for up to 1 year to confirm whether it is an effective treatment for you.
Finasteride can be taken an anytime, however, it is usually best to take it at the same time each day. We suggest taking your tablet either in the morning when you wake up, or at night before you go to bed to help with remembering.
There is no evidence to suggest finasteride may be affected by alcohol.
Finasteride tablets will not work faster or better if you take them more than once a day. The recommended dose is one finasteride 1mg tablet taken daily. You will only increase the risk of experiencing more serious side effects if you take more than this.
Just take the next dose as soon as you remember. Do not ‘double dose’ to make up for missing a tablet. Remember you shouldn’t take more than one tablet in 24 hours
Finasteride can be taken with or without food.
Finasteride is only effective when you take it. If you stop taking it, your body will go back to its normal rate of hair loss and you will lose the progress you have made. This may result in the return of your hair loss and subsequent ‘baldness’ or ‘bald patches’ could return.
No, finasteride is only intended for men. Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should avoid handling finasteride tablets (particularly, if the tablets are broken or crushed) because any absorption into the body could affect the unborn baby, especially boys.
Studies on the effectiveness of finasteride have only been done on men up to the age of 41. Finasteride is still a popular hair loss medication for men of all ages and is taken by many older men.
Finasteride is usually a well-tolerated medication and side effects are uncommon. However, like all medications, side effects are possible and finasteride has been reported to cause skin rashes. Rare side effects can include a reduced sex drive and erection problems. This is usually solved by stopping the medication, although in very rare cases these side effects can continue for longer.
Depression is a possible side effect of finasteride, although it is very rare. If you have feelings of depression or suicidal thoughts while taking finasteride stop taking the medication and speak to your doctor.
The tablets should always be stored in the pouches or in the provided vial, and should only be removed when you are taking your next dose. Finasteride can be stored in a clean, dry place at room temperature. Do not share your medicine with anyone else.
Finasteride should never be used past the expiry date which is always the last day of the month shown on the packaging, after which it should be discarded.
Never flush finasteride tablets down the toilet or empty them down the drain as this will contaminate water and could affect the environment. We recommend that all medicines be returned to your local pharmacy for proper disposal.
Finasteride is medically proven to be a very effective treatment for male pattern baldness. It is a longer-term solution which can take 3 to 6 months to show a noticeable improvement. Finasteride only works whilst you are taking it and stops working if you stop taking it.
Finasteride is also used to treat ‘benign protastatic hyperplasia’ or BPH but the dose is usually much higher (5 mg). If you are already taking finasteride (or dutasteride, a similar product) for BPH, then you should avoid taking more finasteride.
Both medicines work in the same way and have the same active ingredient. The main difference between finasteride and Propecia is the pricing. Propecia is the original branded product. However, other cheaper alternatives are available as generic products are made by a number of different manufacturers which contain the same active ingredient.
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FINASTERIDE VS PROPECIA
Propecia is a brand name medication discovered and marketed by Merck, and finasteride is the active ingredient in Propecia that treats hair loss.
Finasteride dosage forms & strength
Finasteride comes in 1mg tablets.
The drug should not be used by women or men under the age of 18 years. Studies have shown that finasteride does not work in women with hair loss.
Finasteride tablets are coated and should not be broken or crushed. Women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant should not handle or touch broken or crushed finasteride tablets due to an increased risk of fetal malformations, particularly if the baby is male. If finasteride is absorbed through the skin by a woman who is pregnant with a male baby, it could cause abnormalities of the sex organs.
DO NOT take finasteride if:
- you have previously had an allergic reaction to it
- you are a woman
- you are under 18 years of age
DO NOT take finasteride if you are already taking the following:
- medicines used to treat prostatic hyperplasia, like ‘Proscar’ (which contains 5mg finasteride) or any other type II 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.
Finasteride warnings and precautions
You should check with your doctor first, before using finasteride if:
- you suffer from depression, mood changes, suicidal thoughts.
- you are planning a family, as infertility has been reported in men who took finasteride for a long time;
- you are having a blood test called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) which helps to screen for prostate cancer because finasteride will affect your PSA levels
- you are taking any other medications or herbal supplements which could interact with finasteride.
How to take finasteride
The recommended dose of finasteride for male pattern baldness or ‘androgenic alopecia’ is 1mg daily. The tablet should be swallowed whole with a little water. The tablets can be taken with or without food.
Do not take more than one tablet a day. Taking more tablets will not make the product work faster. This is a long-term treatment and the tablets should be taken over a long period of time for you to see the benefits. It may take up to 6 months for the effects to be seen.
Please note: Finasteride 5mg Tablets (also called ‘Proscar’) are used to treat a condition called BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia. They are not indicated for male pattern baldness. If you are already taking finasteride for BPH you should not take this product as well.
Driving and using machines
Finasteride has not been shown to affect your ability to drive or use machinery.
Stopping treatment with finasteride
If you stop taking finasteride you will lose any beneficial affects you have seen over the last 9 to 12 months.
Possible side effects of finasteride
You should stop taking finasteride immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- An allergic reaction, the symptoms of which include sudden wheezing, difficulty breathing, dizziness, swelling of the eyelids, face, lips or throat
- Changes in your breast tissue such as lumps, pain, enlargement of the breast tissue or nipple discharge as these could be an early sign breast cancer
- Start to experience a change in your mood, are feeling depressed or are having suicidal thoughts
Side effects reported by patients have been temporary and usually go away with continued treatment or disappear once the treatment is stopped.
The most common side effects include, loss of libido (sexual desire), difficulty having an erection, problems with ejaculation, a decrease in the amount of semen released and depression.
Other reports of rash, itching, breast swelling or breast tenderness, testicular pain, rapid heartbeat, anxiety and increased liver enzymes have been received. However, the frequency of these side effects has not been established.
Some men have reported persistent difficulty to get an erection and a loss of sex drive after stopping finasteride. Male infertility and a reduction in the amount of semen produced has also been reported. Normalisation or improvement of semen quality occurred once finasteride was stopped. The frequency of these reports is also unknown.
You can report any side effects directly to the authorities through the Yellow Card Scheme website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
If you have any further questions about finasteride, contact FROM MARS.
Is Finasteride safe to use?
Side effects of finasteride are usually mild to moderate and only last for a short amount of time. If you experience any side affects you should stop taking the medication. We recommend reading the link below to understand all of the potential benefits and risks of the medication.
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