Finasteride Tablets (1mg)
- Used to treat Male pattern baldness
- The generic version of Propecia
- Visible results in just 3 - 6 Months
- One of the world's most widely prescribed hair loss treatments
- Reduces the production of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which causes hair follicles to shrink, causing hairloss
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What is Finasteride?
It is a 5α-reductase inhibitor and antiandrogen that is most commonly prescribed to treat hair loss in men.
What is Finasteride used for?
Finasteride is mainly used to treat an enlarged prostate and to treat male pattern baldness.
It contains the active ingredient finasteride 1mg and works by reducing the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by about 70%, including in the scalp and prostate gland. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes your hair follicles to shrink, which can result in hair loss.
Finasteride has fast become one of the world's most popular treatments for hair loss in men but should only be purchased from a registered pharmacy when prescribed by a doctor.
Who can take Finasteride?
Finasteride is an effective treatment for hair loss in men, but it is not a suitable medication for everyone.
You should inform your doctor before you use Finasteride for hair loss or any other conditions if you are already taking Proscar or any other 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor medicines for benign prostatic hyperplasia or any other hair loss conditions.
This medicine is only suitable for adults over the age of 18. It is not a suitable hair loss treatment for children or adolescents.
It should be noted that Finasteride may increase the risk of certain types of prostate cancer in men.
Women who are pregnant should not use this treatment for hair loss or any other condition as Finasteride can cause serious birth defects. If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or think you might be pregnant, you should make sure you inform your doctor.
Similarly, if you are currently breastfeeding, you should not be taking Finasteride as the medicine can get into the breast milk and harm your baby.
If you have any concerns at all about whether this drug is suitable to treat your case of hair loss, you should speak to your doctor.
Possible side effects
As with all medicines, Finasteride comes with the risk of certain side effects.
Not everyone will have adverse reactions to this medicine, and it is uncommon for men to have a reaction. Side effects will normally improve as your male pattern baldness treatment progresses, and your body gets used to the medication.
However, if you experience any of the following symptoms you should speak to your doctor immediately:
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty in keeping or achieving an erection
- Increase in breast size and tenderness in men
- Skin rash
Please note that this list is not exhaustive. You should refer to the Side Effects tab on this page for a list of more serious adverse reactions you may experience.
If you have any questions at all, you should speak to your doctor before taking Finasteride.
All of our Doctors and Pharmacists follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Finasteride for hair loss.
Like all medicines, you should always ensure you read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you take Finasteride.
Finasteride tablets should be swallowed whole with a drink of water. You can take this medication either with or without food.
As a treatment for hair loss, you should take one tablet each day.
Most men will begin to see results from taking the medicine after between three and six months.
There is no best time of day to take this drug, but ideally you should be taking Finasteride at the same time each day. To ensure effectiveness, you should take Finasteride consistently every day throughout your entire course of treatment for hair loss.
Do not deviate from your doctor's instructions.
What if I forget to take it?
If you forget to take a dose, just take it as soon as you remember.
Do not take more than one dose in a 24 hour period and never double up on a dose to make up for a missed dose.
If it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose altogether and keep taking Finasteride as normal.
Taking Finasteride is most effective when you use it consistently. For this reason, it is very important that you remember to take it every day; you can lessen your chances of forgetting to take a dose by taking the tablet at the same time each day. Some people find it beneficial to set an alarm to remind them to take it.
What if I take more than I am supposed to?
If you take more Finasteride than you are supposed to, you should contact your doctor immediately
Are there any alternatives to Finasteride?
Why should men see a doctor before starting treatment?
Is Finasteride used to treat anything other than male hair loss?
Will Finasteride work better if I take a higher dose?
You should never take more than your doctor instructs you to take. If you take Finasteride more often or in larger doses than you are prescribed, it can result in serious adverse effects and increase your risk of prostate cancer.
Does Finasteride work in women?
Will Finasteride work on older men?
Does Finasteride work for all men?
Does Finasteride reduce sex drive or fertility?
Can Finasteride cause depression?
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Is Finasteride available through the NHS?
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Finasteride Side Effects
In rare cases, you might suffer from more serious side effects while using Finasteride.
Adverse Side Effects
You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Testicular pain
- Tender or swollen breasts
Serious Side Effects
In some rare cases, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to Finasteride. You may require urgent treatment in hospital if you exhibit any of the below symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing or speaking
- A rash that is swollen, red, itchy, blistering or peeling
- Swelling of the mouth, throat, face, lips or tongue
- Tightness in the chest or throat
This list may not be exhaustive. Always thoroughly read the patient information leaflet, which will accompany your medicine, to see the full list of reactions.
If you have any doubts or concerns at all, we strongly advise you to discuss them with your doctor before you take Finasteride.
Finasteride Warnings and drug interactions
No significant drug interactions have been linked between Finasteride and other medicines. However there are 22 drugs that have mild-moderate interaction with Finasteride.
However, you should always ensure you inform your doctor of any medicines you are currently taking before you start to use Finasteride. This includes prescription and non-prescription medication, supplements, vitamins and herbal remedies, particularly those which include St. John’s Wort.
The active ingredient in this medicine is finasteride 1mg.
Inactive ingredients also contained are: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch, lauroyl macrogolglycerides, sodium starch glycollate– Type A, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), yellow and red iron oxide (E172), and macrogol 6000.
This page has recently been medically reviewed by: Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840
Updated on: 20/05/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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