Propecia - 1mg
For hereditary hair loss
Propecia is a treatment for male pattern hair loss which helps to increase hair growth and prevents further hair loss. Patients taking Propecia will only need to take one tablet a day, ideal for those who have found it tricky to fit other hair loss treatments into their busy schedule. If you are concerned about male pattern baldness and are looking for a treatment that will leave you with thicker, stronger hair, complete a quick consultation with our healthcare team and find out whether Propecia could be right for you.
How Propecia works
Propecia contains an active ingredient called finasteride, which works to reduce hair loss by decreasing the levels of DHT in your scalp. DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is a hormone which is thought to contribute to male pattern hair loss, especially when combined with genetic factors that make hair loss more likely. By reducing the DHT in your scalp, Propecia can help to reverse the balding process, leaving you with thicker hair and preventing further hair loss.
Take one tablet once a day. You can take Propecia with or without food. If you forget to take your medication, you should not take a double dose to make up for the medication you have forgotten.
The most common side effects of Propecia include:
- An inability to get or maintain an erection (impotence or erectile dysfunction)
- Less desire to have sex, or a decreased sex drive
- Problems with ejaculation, such as a decrease in the amount of semen released during sex
If you experience any side effects while taking this medication you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.
Serious side effects
Serious side effects of Propecia include:
- Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, including swelling of the face, mouth, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing or swallowing, an itchy skin rash, and hives.
- Symptoms of depression or other mood alterations, including suicidal thoughts.
- Changes in your breast tissue, such as lumps, pain, enlargement, or nipple discharge.
If you experience serious side effects while taking this medication you should stop your treatment and speak to your doctor immediately. If your side effects are particularly severe you should seek treatment at your local A&E department or call 999 for emergency medical services.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Propecia is not suitable for use by women or those who were assigned female at birth. Using this treatment during pregnancy can cause serious complications, so you should avoid all contact with this medication. This is especially important if the tablets are crushed or broken. If you or your partner are using Propecia and you are concerned about how it could affect a pregnancy, you should speak to your doctor or a member of your healthcare team and ask for their advice.
Fertility in men
Long-term use of Propecia can cause infertility in men who also had other risk factors affecting their fertility. Potential risk factors can include sexually transmitted infections (STIs), health conditions affecting sperm production or ejaculation, and factors like smoking, regularly drinking a lot of alcohol, and taking recreational drugs. The effects Propecia can have on your fertility will normally reverse after you stop using this treatment.
Propecia tablets contain lactose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, you should let your prescriber know about this during your consultation. These tablets contain less than 1mmol of salt per tablet, making them effectively sodium-free. If you are concerned about the amount of sodium or salt in your diet, you should speak to your healthcare team.
Is Propecia the same as Finasteride?
Finasteride is the active ingredient in Propecia tablets, so they are effectively the same thing. You can find finasteride in generic medicines for male hair loss, which may contain slightly different ingredients and will be made by a different manufacturer.
Can women use Propecia?
Propecia is not suitable for use in women or those who were assigned female at birth. During clinical trials, finasteride has not been proven to work in patients with female pattern hair loss. Another reason Propecia is not suitable for women is the potential risks it can have during pregnancy, including its effects on your baby's sex organs. If you are dealing with genetic alopecia you should speak to your GP or another member of your healthcare team and ask them to recommend a treatment that could be right for you.
How long does it take to work?
You will usually need to take Propecia for 3 to 6 months before you will notice the full effects of this medication. However, you may notice changes in your hair before the 3-month mark, including signs of hair regrowth, less shedding, and your hair feeling thicker or fuller.
Do I need to keep taking Propecia after my hair has grown back?
You should continue taking Propecia for as long as your prescriber recommends, even if you are happy with the hair growth you have noticed during treatment. If you stop taking this treatment you are likely to lose the hair you have regained within the next 9 to 12 months. If you are ever unsure about your treatment you should speak to your prescriber, GP, or another member of your healthcare team so they can advise what your next steps should be and ease any worries you may have.
What is male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness, also known as hereditary hair loss or androgenetic alopecia, is a common condition that causes hair loss and thinning. If you have male pattern hair loss you will usually notice it around your crown or your hairline first, and over time this can develop into bald spots or a receding hairline. This type of hair loss is genetic, so if your father or other men in your family suffer from hair loss you will be more likely to experience it yourself.
Where can I buy Propecia?
Propecia is a prescription-only medication, which means that you can't buy it directly and need a prescription for it. However, you can buy Propecia online after a short consultation with a qualified prescriber like the ones we have here. This consultation will cover all of the questions your prescriber will need to ask to get a better idea of your condition and determine which of our available treatments would be right for you. When your consultation has been completed, you will be able to choose from the treatments recommended to you by our prescribers and pay for your consultation and treatment. Your prescription will then be fulfilled by our pharmacy team and delivered to an address of your choice in plain, discreet packaging.
Is Propecia used for anything else?
The active ingredient in Propecia can also be used for men experiencing an enlarged prostate, which is also known as benign prostate enlargement (BPE) or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Finasteride tablets are used to reduce the size of the prostate gland, helping to reduce pressure on your bladder and urethra so you can pee more easily. Although men with an enlarged prostate do not have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer, clinical trials have shown that the number of men who developed prostate cancer while taking finasteride was lower compared with men who were taking nothing. When used for this purpose, men will usually take 5mg of finasteride a day - a dose that is five times larger than the amount typically prescribed for hair loss.