An effective generic treatment for hair loss caused by male pattern baldness. Taken as a daily tablet. It works for 90% of men when taken continuously, halting hair loss and in some cases stimulating regrowth.

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What is Finasteride used for?

  • How long does Finasteride take to work?

    Take 1 tablet of Finasteride each day. Can be taken with or without food.

    You must continue to take Finasteride for the treatment to work.

  • Finasteride side effects

    Side effects of Finasteride are uncommon and usually mild.

    Sometimes Finasteride can cause a rash, reduced sex drive, low mood, erection problems or tenderness on or around the nipples. Very rarely, sexual side effects can be permanent and remain after stopping the medication.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.

  • How effective is Finasteride?

    For most men, Finasteride takes 3-6 months of daily use to show effects. The active ingredient (finasteride) has been shown to be effective in preventing hair loss in men in 9 out of 10 cases. In some cases, men experience hair regrowth.

    If you stop taking Finasteride, your hair loss will return. Finasteride is most effective in men with mild to moderate hair loss on the top of their head caused by male pattern baldness. There is little evidence that it is effective in reversing a receding hairline.

    Finasteride will not work faster or better if you take more that 1 tablet a day.

  • Important information about Finasteride

    If you forget to take Finasteride, take the next dose as soon as you remember. Do not take more than 1 tablet in 24 hours. Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten tablet.

  • How does Finasteride work?

    The active ingredient in Finasteride (finasteride) blocks the action of an enzyme that converts the male hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the hormone that causes male hair loss.

    By reducing the amount of DHT affecting follicles in the scalp, Finasteride helps to halt hair loss and, in some cases, reverse it.

    Finasteride only stimulates hair growth on the head and will not cause hair to grow elsewhere on the body.

  • Safety: taking other medicines with Finasteride

    You should be able to take Finasteride alongside other medicines. However, it is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe Finasteride safely.

  • Alternative hair loss treatments

    We also offer Propecia in our hair loss clinic. However, this contains the same dose of the same active ingredient (finasteride) as generic Finasteride. This means they work in the same way.

    Other hair loss treatments such as Minoxidil (also sold branded as Regaine) are available from LloydsPharmacy either in store or online.

    Other options include hair transplants, skin camouflage and wigs or hairpieces.

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