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Finasteride (Propecia) is an FDA-approved medication. Finasteride effectively treats hair loss and diffuse thinning, which is when there is uniform hair thinning across the entire scalp. It works by slowing down the rate of hair loss and also helps with hair regrowth.
Finasteride also has other uses, including the treatment of enlarged prostate glands (benign prostatic hyperplasia - BPH).
At SpeedyHealth, we currently only offer Finasteride (Propecia) 1mg tablets for the treatment of male pattern hair loss. If you are considering using this medication for another condition, we recommend contacting your regular doctor.
Propecia and Finasteride are the same medications. Finasteride is the active ingredient and generic name. Propecia is the brand name made by the company Merck & Co.
A generic product shares the same features as its branded version and people use it in the same way. Small differences in the binding and inactive ingredients may be present across brands.
The product price and manufacturer may also vary, with generics usually being a lot more affordable.
When your body produces testosterone, it converts a small amount into the androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High DHT levels cause hair follicles to shrink and can shorten the hair growth cycle, leading to hair loss.
Finasteride belongs to a class of medicines known as 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. These stop the enzymes from converting testosterone to DHT. Reduced DHT levels in the scalp, decreases the effect of DHT on the hair follicles. This reverses the process of hair loss and increases hair growth.
Finasteride (Propecia) works differently for everyone. However, daily use usually leads to visible improvements when taken for 3 months or more.
To achieve and maintain maximum benefits, continue with long-term treatment. If you find that Propecia is not working for you after 12 months, talk to your doctor.
Results of clinical studies involving men with male pattern hair loss have shown:
There was also an improvement in hair count over 1 year. Participants maintained these results throughout the second year of treatment.
Stopping treatment means DHT levels in the scalp will rise again. This leads to a reversal of effects within 9 to 12 months.
Minoxidil is a topical treatment that works by increasing blood flow to the scalp. This increases the size of the hair follicles, which allows hair to be produced.
Doctors have safely prescribed these medications together, but more scientific research is necessary for further insights.
Finasteride is only indicated to treat male pattern hair loss in men. Starting treatment in the early stages of hair loss is crucial. Clinical trials show that Finasteride is safe and effective in men (aged 18 to 41) with only mild to moderate hair loss of the scalp.
Women and children should not use Finasteride, especially women who are pregnant or breastfeeding as it may cause birth defects. If a pregnant woman or child comes into contact with Finasteride, they should consult their doctor immediately.
Other drugs may affect how Finasteride works. Always inform your doctor about the medications or supplements you are taking. This includes over-the-counter medicines, herbal products, and vitamins, obtained without a prescription.
For further information, refer to the patient package insert included with your order.
In clinical trials, men tolerated finasteride well, with most patients reporting no serious side effects. However, like all prescription medications, some side effects can be experienced.
Finasteride’s side effects most commonly include:
For a full list of side effects, refer to the medical information included with your order.
If you have a severe allergic reaction, stop treatment and seek medical attention. The signs may include:
You should inform your doctor as soon as possible if you experience changes to your breast tissue this includes:
Although not all changes suggest breast cancer, it is important to get these checked.
A rare side of Finasteride is depression. If you have depressive thoughts, you should stop treatment and contact your doctor.
If you experience any side events whilst taking this medication, please speak to a healthcare professional.
You can purchase Finasteride 1mg (Propecia) tablets online from SpeedyHealth. You must first complete an online consultation.
Our doctors will review your answers to decide if it is safe to prescribe you the medication or not. If they do not approve, you will not be charged.
If they approve, they will issue a prescription to our pharmacy. The pharmacy will then package and dispatch your order.