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What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is a medication which can help men with mild to moderate male pattern hair loss to grow and keep their hair. It’s ideal for men who have noticed that their hairline is receding or their hair is thinning on top, and are looking for a way to keep their hair and keep it from thinning.
How to take this medication
You should only take this medication as recommended by your doctor. The usual dose you’ll be given is one 1mg finasteride tablet every day. You can take this medication with or without food. Do not crush or break the tablets before swallowing.
How does Finasteride 1mg tablets treat male pattern hair loss?
Finasteride is one of a group of medications called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, and it works by blocking a hormone called DHT which occurs in your scalp. This hormone can reduce the growth cycle of your hair, causing thinning and hair loss, so using Finasteride can help your hair to keep growing and can help you to keep the hair you have.
What is male pattern hair loss?
Male pattern hair loss is a common reason why men lose their hair, and it usually isn’t anything to worry about. This type of hair loss is usually hereditary, which means it runs in your family, and will usually start gradually, as you’ll notice your hairline receding or your hair growing thinner on top. Male pattern hair loss is a normal part of getting older and it doesn’t need treatment, but many men decide to use medications that can help them to keep their hair as they grow older.
Can women take this product?
Women should not take finasteride; this product is only to be used to treat hereditary hair loss in men. If you are pregnant, it is important that you take care to avoid contact with any finasteride tablets, especially if they’re broken or crushed. This medication can cause your child to be born with malformed genital organs if you come into contact with it during pregnancy.
How long does Finasteride take to work?
Finasteride usually takes around 3 – 6 months of daily use before you’ll notice a difference in your hair thickness or a reduction in hair loss.
Will I lose my hair again if I stop taking this product?
Do not stop taking finasteride unless you are advised to do so by your doctor, stopping this treatment too early can result in you losing the hair you’ve gained within the past 9 – 12 months. If you want to stop taking this medication, speak to your doctor so you can work out a plan of action together.
Can I use this product if I’m taking any other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including those you’ve obtained without a prescription, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product. You should not take this product if you are already taking finasteride or any other 5α-reductase inhibitors for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or any other condition.
Can I use this product if I’m taking other hair loss treatments?
At the moment, there is no information available about using finasteride alongside topical hair loss treatments such as minoxidil (which is found in Regaine). If you are already using any other hair loss treatment, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product.
When should this product not be used?
Finasteride is not suitable for use in children under the age of 18. This product should not be used by women. Do not take this product if you are allergic to finasteride or any of the other listed ingredients. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you are trying to conceive, as this product could affect your fertility.
Does Finasteride have any side effects?
Like all medications, finasteride can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects, stop use and speak to a doctor immediately:
- Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, e.g. swelling of the lips, face, tongue, throat, etc., difficulty swallowing, lumpy skin rash (hives), breathing difficulty
- Depression, e.g. feeling of severe sadness or unworthiness
- Any changes in the breast tissue, e.g. lumps, pain, enlargement, discharge, etc.
Other side effects you may experience while taking this product include:
- Reduced sex drive
- Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection (impotence)
- Problems with ejaculation e.g. reduced amount of semen released
- Symptoms of allergic reaction, e.g. rash, itching, lumps under the skin (hives), swelling of the lips and face
- Breast swelling or tenderness
- Pain in the testicles
- Fast heartbeat
- Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection after stopping treatment
- Problems with ejaculation after stopping treatment
- Problems with reduced sex drive after stopping treatment
- Infertility in men who take finasteride for a long time and had additional risk factors which could affect fertility. This will usually return to normal after stopping treatment
- Changes in how your liver is working, which will show up in blood tests
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible. For more information about reporting side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
Do I need a prescription for Finasteride?
You do need a prescription for Finasteride in the UK. Our healthcare professionals can provide prescriptions if they think this treatment would be right for you and your condition. When you click the button which reads “Start Consultation” at the top of this page, you’ll see a short questionnaire set up by our healthcare team which is designed to help them understand your medical needs. Just like an in-person consultation with your GP, our doctors will assess your answers to their questions and write a prescription for the treatment they think will be best for you. You’ll then be able to pay for your medication and we’ll send it out to you quickly and in discreet packaging.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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The active substance is finasteride. One film-coated tablet contains 1 mg of finasteride.
The other ingredients are –
Tablet core: Lactose monohydrate; cellulose, microcrystalline (E460); Starch, pregelatinised (maize); sodium starch glycolate (type-A); lauryl macrogolglycerides; magnesium stearate (E572).
Film coating: Hypromellose (E464), titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol 6000, iron oxide red (E172), iron oxide yellow (E172).
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