Finasteride Tablets (Generic Propecia)
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Finasteride Tablets (Generic Propecia)
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, a common condition amongst men. It's also used to treat men with benign prostate enlargements. Finasteride tablets are available to buy through Cloud Pharmacy’s website in a 1mg dose.
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. 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?
Finasteride 1mg 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. By slowing or inhibiting its production, we can 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 3 months of continuous use. Results tend to be positive however not all hair loss will grow back. If you stop the medication, the hair that has grown will only stay for 12 months.
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.
Finasteride Over The Counter
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 cannot buy Finasteride in the UK without a prescription. However, for male pattern baldness, you can buy Finasteride online.
As long as you do not have any worries about taking it, you can buy Finasteride tablets through our online pharmacy once you have completed an online consultation. Once the consultation has been approved by one of our medical professionals, we will ship the treatment to you in a non-discreet package the very next day.
How to Take Finasteride
For hair loss, you should take 1mg of Finasteride once per day, with or without food and it should be consumed around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. For further advice, seek medical assistance from your doctor or pharmacist.
For an enlarged prostate, you will usually take 5mg of Finasteride once a day. Studies have shown that Finasteride tablets are safe to take for a long period of time.
If more than 6 hours have passed since you last consumed Finasteride, take your next tablet at the normal time. You should not take a double dose. If you accidentally take a double dose, don’t worry - it is unusual for this to be harmful. However, if you take too much and feel unwell, call 111 for advice.
How Long Does Finasteride Take to Work?
You may start to notice improvements after 3-6 months of use if you are taking it for hair loss. Results tend to appear for prostate patients after 6 months of use.
Finasteride 1mg medication is mainly used to stop further hair loss so you may not see results straight away. However, within 6-9 months patients may start to see the full effects of Finasteride as hair follicles will start to produce new hairs.
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
For more information on Finasteride tablet medication, take a look at the patient information leaflet below: