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Finasteride 1mg tablets for male pattern baldness

Male pattern baldness can massively impact self-esteem and confidence, it is estimated that more than 50% of men will be affected by male pattern baldness within their lifetime. The signs of hair loss can be identified as early as your teenage years, however it is most common in adulthood.

Male pattern baldness is the result of hair follicles on the scalp shrinking, resulting in the hair gradually thinning in certain areas. Over time, no new hair will grow in those areas, increasing the appearance of baldness. 

Genetics and male sex hormones called androgens which help to regulate hair growth are thought to be the primary causes of hair loss in men.

Finasteride 1mg tablets can help to slow down and even reverse the signs of hair loss in men. You can also buy Propecia 1mg tablets online from Medicine Direct following an online consultation with one of our UK prescribers.

What is Finasteride?

Finasteride is often sold under the brand names Proscar and Propecia. It is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor that is prescribed as a treatment for hair loss in men.

It is beneficial for men who are suffering from mild to moderate, but not complete hair loss. You need a prescription to buy Finasteride.

What is Finasteride used for?

Finasteride is prescribed to treat male pattern baldness. It contains the active ingredient finasteride 1mg and works by reducing the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by about 70%. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes your hair follicles to shrink, which can result in hair loss.

Finasteride is also sold under the brand name Propecia, but buying generic Finasteride is a cheaper alternative to the branded version.

Finasteride has fast become one of the world's most popular treatments for hair loss in men, but you should only use it if it has been prescribed for you. This medication can start to show noticeable results after just three to six months of taking it.

What causes hair loss?

Male pattern baldness is caused by the conversion of male testosterone into an androgenic hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is more powerful than testosterone.

DHT attaches itself to the hair follicles and makes them shrink, which causes them to fall out. Most men will experience some hair loss as they age, but male pattern baldness can cause hair to fall out from various areas. How fast a man may lose his hair is different for each person. Most men will notice their hairline receding, followed by hair starting to thin at the crown and temples.

Some men can also lose hair from alopecia, which is when baldness occurs on parts of the head. This problem is often caused by stress.

How does Finasteride treat hair loss?

Finasteride belongs to a group of medicines known as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. It works by reducing the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a powerful form of testosterone. DHT is believed to contribute towards male pattern baldness by causing the hair follicles to miniaturise, so by slowing down how quickly testosterone is converted into DHT, thick and healthy hair is able to grow much easier.

You must take Finasteride consistently each day for it to provide the best results.

Who can take Finasteride?

Finasteride is an effective treatment for hair loss in men, but it is not a suitable medication for everyone.

Do not take Finasteride if:

  • You are already taking any other 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor medicines
  • You are allergic to finasteride or any other ingredients in this medication
  • You are a woman

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.

Can you buy Finasteride over the counter?

Finasteride is not for sale over the counter. It can only be bought if you have been prescribed it by a doctor.

Buy Finasteride 1mg online in the UK

You can buy Finasteride online from Medicine Direct after you have filled out an online consultation questionnaire. Finasteride is only available on prescription, so before we can sell you this medication, we must first make sure it is suitable for you. One of our doctors, pharmacists or prescribers will assess your medical history and condition in order to confirm this. If your order is placed by 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery.

Other treatments for male hair loss

Propecia is the branded version of Finasteride and can also be bought from Medicine Direct after an online consultation. Propecia is usually more expensive as it is a branded medicine and will work in the same way as generic Finasteride to restore hair.

Another treatment available to buy from Medicine Direct is Avodart dutasteride for male hair loss. Avodart contains the active ingredient dutasteride, which also inhibits the production of DHT. You may need to take this medicine for at least 6 months before you notice any improvement.

Finasteride 1mg tablets indication and dose

All of our Doctors and Pharmacists follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Finasteride for hair loss.

How to take Finasteride

Always take Finasteride as your doctor has instructed you. Read the patient information leaflet before you start taking it for full instructions.

  • The usual recommended dose is 1mg tablet each day.
  • Swallow Finasteride tablets whole with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew them.
  • You can take Finasteride with or without food, but you should take it at the same time each day.
  • Do not exceed the prescribed dose, this will not make your hair grow back any faster.
  • You will likely need to take Finasteride each day for between 3 and 6 months before you start to notice an improvement in your hair loss.
  • Keep taking this medication for as long as your doctor tells you to. They will be able to help you in assessing whether it is effective in restoring hair.

When will I see results?


Most men will begin to see results from taking the medicine after between three and six months.

How long will I need to take it for?


Take Finasteride for as long as your doctor tells you. This will usually be in the long term. Do not stop taking it without speaking to your doctor; this can cause your hair loss symptoms to return.

Is it safe to take Finasteride in the long term?


Finasteride is generally considered to be a safe medicine to take in the long term. As a hair loss treatment, it will normally need to be taken for a long time. If you feel that it is not working or if you get any side effects, tell your doctor.

Can Finasteride affect my sex life?


A decreased desire to have sex is an uncommon side effect of Finasteride. Difficulty in getting an erection, as well as ejaculation problems are also uncommon side effects. If you notice any of these side effects, speak to your doctor, who will be able to advise on what you should do.

Can women take Finasteride?


Women must not take Finasteride. Finasteride has been shown to be ineffective in regrowing hair in women.

Is it safe to drink alcohol with it?


Finasteride is not affected by alcohol.

Does Finasteride cause a low mood?


Depression is an uncommon side effect of Finasteride, affecting up to 1 in 100 men who take it. If you already have depression, tell your doctor. You should also tell your doctor if you start to feel depressed while taking Finasteride.

Is it okay to take Viagra at the same time as Finasteride?


If you suffer from erectile dysfunction or find it hard to gain an erection while taking Finasteride, there is no known drug interactions between this medicine and Viagra.

Will Finasteride help hair to grow back on the front of the scalp?


As long as there is still some hair in the front of the scalp, Finasteride should be able to help hair to grow in this area.

What happens if I stop taking it?


If you stop your treatment, any hair you regained through taking Finasteride may start to shed. It is important you keep taking Finasteride for as long as your doctor tells you.

What time should I take Finasteride?


You can take Finasteride at the time that best suits you, but you should take it at this time each day.

Finasteride side effects

As with all medicines, Finasteride comes with the risk of certain side effects.

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Difficulty in keeping or achieving an erection
  • Increase in breast size and tenderness in men
  • Skin rash

If you have any questions at all, you should speak to your doctor before taking Finasteride.

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
  • Wheezing
  • 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.

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.

Finasteride Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Finasteride 1mg

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

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Updated on: 12/01/2022

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

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