Propecia (branded Finasteride)


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What is Propecia?

  • How to take Propecia

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

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

  • What are the side effects of Propecia?

    Side effects of Propecia are uncommon and usually mild.

    Sometimes Propecia 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 Propecia

    For most men, Propecia 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 90% of cases. In some cases, men experience hair regrowth.

    If you stop taking Propecia, your hair loss will return. Propecia 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.

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

  • Important information about Propecia

    If you forget to take Propecia, 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 Propecia work?

    The active ingredient in Propecia (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, Propecia helps to halt hair loss and, in some cases, reverse it.

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

  • Propecia drug interactions

    You should be able to take Propecia 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 Propecia safely.

  • Alternative hair loss treatments

    We also offer the cost-effective generic treatment Finasteride in our hair loss clinic. This contains the same dose of the same active ingredient (finasteride) as branded Propecia. 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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