Finasteride Tablets (Generic Propecia)
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Finasteride is the generic form of Propecia which is used in the treatment of male pattern baldness (hair loss), a common condition amongst men. The medication works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
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What Is Finasteride?
Finasteride 1mg tablets, sometimes sold under the brand names Propecia and Proscar, are a type of medication used to treat hair loss and male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness is a common condition amongst men that involves hair loss at the hairline and crown (top) of the head.
Also used to treat men with an enlarged prostate who have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms, finasteride comes in tablet form. Finasteride tablets are available to buy through Cloud Pharmacy’s website in a 1mg dose. The tablets are also available in a 5mg dose, which is usually used to treat BPH.
Finasteride is suitable for men over the age of 18. It is not usually recommended for women or children.
The active ingredient in finasteride tablets is finasteride. In finasteride 1mg tablets, there is 1mg of finasteride, in finasteride 5mg tablets, there is 5 mg of finasteride. Finasteride tablets also contain inactive ingredients including lactose monohydrate, sodium starch glycolate, cellulose microcrystalline, starch pregelatinised, magnesium stearate and docusate sodium.
What Is Finasteride Used For?
Finasteride is an effective hair loss medication widely used to treat male pattern baldness and symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
Male pattern baldness — also known as androgenic alopecia — is the most common type of male hair loss. This type of hair loss is gradual. Men usually start to experience receding at the top of the head (thinning at the hairline on their forehead) or crown and temple hair loss (gradual thinning at the crown and temples). Male pattern baldness can contribute to a ‘V-shape’ hairline that is known as a ‘widow’s peak’.
BPH — also known as benign prostatic obstruction or benign prostatic hypertrophy — is when the prostate gland (which produces the fluid that transports and nourishes sperm) is enlarged and not cancerous. It’s a health issue which is more common in older men. The prostate gland is located just below your bladder.
This widely used medication is endorsed by many reputable hair loss clinics and surgeons in the UK as an effective non-surgical hair loss treatment.
How Does Finasteride Work For Hair Loss?
Finasteride 1 mg works by blocking the action of an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. The function of this enzyme is to convert testosterone in the body into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that can prevent the growth of hair. By blocking 5-alpha reductase, testosterone cannot be converted into DHT, therefore reducing the likelihood of excessive hair loss.
Research has shown that DHT plays a key role in perpetuating male pattern baldness. The effect of DHT at your hair’s receptor sites (at the base of the hair follicles) is to weaken and diminish the hair shaft. By slowing or inhibiting its production, we can minimise damage to the hair follicles, stop the progression of male pattern baldness and stimulate hair growth.
Finasteride has the capability to stop hair loss and stimulate hair growth in men with mild to moderate hair loss within around three months of continuous use. Results tend to be positive, however, not all lost hair will grow back. If you stop the medication, the hair that has grown will only stay for 12 months.
Other parts of your body won’t be affected when you take finasteride.
Can Finasteride Regrow Hair?
Yes, finasteride tablets can help to regrow hair. While finasteride’s primary function is to prevent further hair loss, for some people, it is also able to help hair regrow over time.
A review of finasteride’s use in male pattern hair loss found that 66% of study participants showed hair growth after two years of taking finasteride.
Dutasteride Vs Finasteride
Dutasteride and finasteride are both medications that may be used to treat male pattern baldness, as well as BPH.
Like finasteride, dutasteride is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor that enables the blocking of DHT formation, significantly reducing hair loss. While finasteride comes in tablets, dutasteride comes in capsules or a liquid. Finasteride is available in strengths of 1mg and 5mg strengths, while dutasteride capsules are 0.5 mg.
Dutasteride and finasteride share some potential side effects, such as decreased sex drive, testicle swelling and testicle pain.
A review which compared the efficacy and safety of dutasteride compared with finasteride in treating male pattern baldness concluded that it ‘seems to provide a better efficacy compared with finasteride’.
Finasteride Vs Minoxidil
Minoxidil is a treatment for male pattern baldness, sudden hair thinning (telogen effluvium), some types of female baldness, and high blood pressure.
Unlike finasteride, minoxidil comes in a topical solution. Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator. After being applied to the scalp, it works by expanding the blood vessels; increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles.
The common potential side effects of minoxidil are different to those of finasteride and include a burning sensation after application, skin irritation and excessive hair growth.
Finasteride and minoxidil work differently to slow hair loss and can be used safely as complementary treatments. Minoxidil is more effective in treating a wider range of hair loss types, including sudden hair thinning.
Is Finasteride Safe?
Finasteride is safe provided you take the tablets as prescribed. People can take the treatment for a long time — even years — without encountering any problems. You should only take the tablets if you are a suitable candidate.
You may be suitable for finasteride if you have male pattern baldness or BPH. The ideal candidate for hair loss treatment with finasteride will be in the early stages of hair loss or thinning.
Although there are no major drug interactions with finasteride, it may affect the results of blood tests performed to detect prostate cancer.
You may not be suitable for finasteride if you:
- Have suicidal thoughts
- Are a male breast cancer patient
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have liver problems
- Have high-grade prostate cancer
Finasteride and Alcohol
Yes, you can drink alcohol with Finasteride. However, you should be aware that if you experience difficulty getting an erection or trouble ejaculating as a side effect, this may worsen with alcohol. Studies also show that Finasteride can interfere with the body’s ability to produce hormones called neurosteroids which may reduce a person’s desire for alcohol.
Finasteride and Depression
There is a slightly heightened risk of Finasteride affecting your mental health. This is uncommon, and normally the benefits of taking Finasteride tablets outweigh the small risk of depression. However, speak to a doctor if you are worried about this or if you have a history of depression or other mental health issues.
If you experience any depressive thoughts, including those of self-harm or suicide, stop taking the medication promptly and seek immediate medical care. It is also a good idea to let somebody around you, such as a partner, close friend, or family member, know about these small risks, so they can determine if you have any mood changes as well.
Finasteride and Pregnancy
While Finasteride is not usually advised for women, it could affect women if their partner is taking it and they are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
If you are pregnant and your partner is taking Finasteride, use a condom while having sex. This is because the medication can pass through into their semen and potentially harm your baby.
You should not try to conceive while your partner is taking Finasteride tablets.
If you are pregnant, do not touch any Finasteride tablets that have been broken or crushed. This is because Finasteride tablets can enter your bloodstream and potentially harm your baby.
Finasteride and Other Medications
There are no known reactions with Finasteride and other medications. Therefore, you should be safe to take the medication even if you are on others. However, it is still advisable to consult with your doctor, as recommendations change.
St John’s Wort is a natural supplement that some people take for depression. An ingredient in this could stop Finasteride from working normally. If you take St John’s Wort, consult with your doctor or pharmacist about the best course of action.
Finasteride reviews are mixed, with some men not noticing a difference with hair loss and others reporting sexual side effects. However, others have experienced a reversal of hair loss and are much more comfortable with prostate enlargement issues. Every reviewer also found it to be very safe, with few severe side effects. Depending on your unique situation, you may feel that Finasteride 1mg tablets are right for you.
It’s important to keep in mind that Finasteride tablets are effective at stopping further hair loss, it cannot necessarily reverse it. Although it aids hair follicles in the production of new hairs, not everyone will experience noticeable hair growth. However, over 88% of men taking Finasteride discovered that their hair loss halted within 6-12 months, and 66% of them reported hair regrowth.
If you want to try a faster and more permanent solution for hair regeneration, we recommend consulting with a hair specialist only once you have used Finasteride.
What Happens When You Stop Taking Finasteride?
If you stop taking Finasteride 1mg, the symptoms of prostate enlargement and hair loss will likely come back. This is because the medication has a short half-life. This is one of the reasons why men take Finasteride for a long time.
You should not stop taking Finasteride tablets without consulting with a doctor first.
Can You Buy Finasteride Over The Counter In The UK?
You cannot buy finasteride in the UK without a prescription. However, for male pattern baldness, you can buy Finasteride online. If you need finasteride for prostate enlargement, it is advisable to speak to your doctor about your situation and get a prescription from them.
You can buy finasteride tablets through our online pharmacy once you have completed a short online consultation. Once the consultation has been approved by one of our medical professionals, we will ship the treatment to you in a discreet package the very next day.
How to Take Finasteride For Hair Loss
Always take finasteride as prescribed and follow the instructions provided with your treatment.
For treating male pattern baldness, the normal dosage of finasteride is 1mg. It is usually taken once per day unless advised otherwise by your doctor. To get the best results from finasteride, take the medication every day at the same time. Don’t stop using finasteride before speaking to your doctor.
Finasteride tablets are taken with a drink of water, either with or without food. Swallow your tablet whole. Never crush, split or chew your tablets.
If you miss a dose of finasteride, take it when you remember, unless you don’t remember until the next day. In this case, take your next dose at the normal time. Don’t take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.
How Long Does Finasteride Take to Work?
Results from finasteride aren’t instant and will depend on the severity of your hair loss. You can expect to start seeing improvements in the density and thickness of your hair after several months.
There are ways that you can try to speed up results from finasteride, including combining the treatment with minoxidil, using DHT-blocking shampoos, taking a vitamin D supplement and having scalp massages.
Finasteride Side Effects
Finasteride tablets do have some side effects a patient does need to consider, including common (less serious) and serious side effects.
Common side effects can affect over 1 in 100 people. The most common symptoms are lower libido and erectile dysfunction. It can also cause issues with ejaculating. Usually, these common side effects improve after a while.
There are more severe side effects of Finasteride tablets, although these occur in less than 1 in 1,000 people. If you experience any of these, speak to a doctor right away:
- Lumps, nipple discharge, swelling, or pain in your chest. These can be a sign of breast cancer (which can affect men)
- Depression or low mood, or thoughts of suicide or self-harm
These may occur after taking Finasteride tablets for a few months. If they occur, the doctor may wish to screen you for other issues or alter your dosage.
Allergic Reactions to Finasteride
Allergic reactions to Finasteride are uncommon, but the medication can cause a reaction in rare cases. Call 999 or seek emergency medical care if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Red, blistered, itchy, or swollen rash
- Tightness in chest or throat
- Difficulty breathing or speaking
- Swelling in your face, mouth, tongue, throat, or lips
Take your tablet box with you and make sure the doctor knows that you have been taking Finasteride.
Long Term Side Effects of Finasteride
Many people who use Finasteride 1mg tablets take them for a longer period of time and don’t have any issues. There have been a few reports of breast cancer in men who take Finasteride. This is very rare, but make sure that you speak to a doctor if you do experience any breast cancer-related symptoms.
Furthermore, while Finasteride tablets do not put you at a heightened risk of getting prostate cancer, if you later develop prostate cancer you may find that you have a faster-growing tumour.
While most men who take Finasteride only experience side effects like not being able to get an erection temporarily, some people do encounter this on a long-term basis. Some men have also found that they had bad sperm quality or were infertile after taking Finasteride tablets.
If you are planning to conceive after taking Finasteride, speak to a doctor about the risks. You may need to wait a while before trying for a baby.
How to Reduce Side Effects of Finasteride
If you experience low libido and issues getting an erection, be assured that these should get better in time. However, if they do not, speak to your doctor - they will be able to advise other methods.
Problems with ejaculating are harmless, and if you are on Finasteride tablets, you should not be trying to conceive. However, if you are concerned, you can still speak to a doctor who will be able to advise you. If you would like to conceive a baby in the future, talk to a doctor before taking Finasteride.
Patient Information Leaflet
Finasteride Patient Information Leaflet
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