Propecia

  • Effective treatment for hair loss and male pattern baldness
  • Noticeable increase in hair growth in 3 - 6 Months
  • More than 80% of men experience renewed Hair Growth

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Propecia 1mg tablets for male pattern baldness

Androgenic alopecia, more commonly known as male pattern baldness, is the most common form of hair loss among men. Male pattern baldness will affect most men in their lifetime, it is estimated that more than 50% of men will experience it.

The signs of male pattern baldness can be noticeable in your teenage years, however, most commonly it occurs during adulthood. 

Male pattern baldness causes the hair follicles on your head to shrink, which results in hair gradually thinning in certain areas. Eventually, no new hair will grow in those areas resulting in the appearance of baldness.

Primary causes of male pattern baldness are related to genetics and male sex hormones called androgens, which help to regulate hair growth.

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

What is Propecia?

Propecia is the brand name for a medicine called finasteride, which is a 5α-Reductase inhibitor. Finasteride 1mg is the active ingredient contained in Propecia.

Propecia is an effective and renowned treatment for male pattern baldness and hair loss. It comes in the form of a 1mg tablet, which should be taken once a day. This medicine has been found to be effective in 90% of men who take it.

To buy Propecia, you must have a prescription.

What is Propecia used to treat?

Propecia (finasteride) is a hair loss treatment for men. This prescription medicine can be taken by adult males over 18 years old to reverse the symptoms of hair loss.

Propecia can help to restore hair loss all over the scalp, from the hairline to the crown, but it is most effective in treating hair loss that occurs on the top of the scalp.

Most men will lose some of their hair as they age. It is normal for the hairline to recede a little or for the scalp to thin slightly as you get older. However, thinning on the scalp or noticing signs of baldness can be a stressful situation to deal with, particularly if you are a younger man or you seem to be losing your hair at a rapid rate. Taking Propecia can help to significantly alleviate this issue.

How does Propecia work?

Propecia contains finasteride as its active ingredient. Finasteride belongs to a group of medicines called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors and works by blocking dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a powerful form of testosterone.

DHT causes hair follicles to miniaturise, which contributes towards hair loss in men. By slowing down the production of DHT, your hair follicles are able to return to their normal size, meaning your body can continue to grow hair as usual.

It is important to take Propecia every day. This is a long-term treatment and improvements will normally be noticeable after around three months of taking it.

How to take Propecia

Take Propecia as your doctor has instructed you. Always read the patient information leaflet for full instructions before you begin treatment.

  • The normal recommended dose is to take one tablet a day.
  • Propecia can be taken with or without food, but try to take it at the same time each day.
  • You will likely need to take Propecia for 3 to 6 months before you notice the full effect of the medicine.
  • Do not stop taking it before your doctor tells you. Ending your treatment means that any hair you regrew while taking Propecia will be lost within 9 to 12 months.

Who can take Propecia?

Propecia has proven to be an effective treatment for hair loss and male pattern baldness, but it is not suitable for everyone to use.

If any of the below apply to you, you should not use this prescription medication:

  • You are a woman
  • You are allergic to finasteride or any of the other ingredients contained in Propecia
  • You are already taking a finasteride tablet or dutasteride to treat a prostate problem called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

As a hair loss treatment, Propecia only works for men with male pattern baldness or hair loss. If you are a woman who is experiencing hair loss, you should speak to your doctor; there may be other treatments that are suitable for you to use.

It is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 years old.

Speak to your doctor before using Propecia if you are going for a blood test for prostate cancer known as PSA (prostate-specific antigen). This medication can affect the results of the test.

Men who use Propecia (finasteride) for a long time may suffer from infertility, although improvement has been reported after they stop taking the medication.

Please consult the patient information leaflet for a full list of reasons why this medication may not be suitable for you.

Propecia side effects

Common side effects of propecia include:

  • Problems getting and maintaining an erection
  • Decreased libido
  • Problems ejaculating or decreased volume of semen

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, for a full list of side effects please read the patient information leaflet. You can also read our side effects tab for more information regarding serious side effects.

Can you buy Propecia over the counter?

No, you cannot buy this medicine over the counter. It must be prescribed for you by a doctor before you can purchase it from a pharmacy.

Can you buy Propecia online in the UK?

To buy Propecia online in the UK, you should only order from regulated pharmacies, like Medicine Direct. There are many products out there which purport to be effective hair regrowth treatments, but many of them are fake and some may be unsafe. Ordering from a regulated pharmacy like ours ensures that you only buy effective, genuine and approved medicine, guaranteeing your safety.

To order Propecia from our online pharmacy, you will first need to complete an online consultation. Just answer some questions about your condition and medical history and one of our prescribers will make sure that this medicine is safe for you to take.

If you order by 2pm, we can offer next day delivery on your medication.

Propecia alternatives

Generic Finasteride tablets for hair loss are also available to buy from Medicine Direct. This is the same medicine as Propecia, but is unbranded so it is a cheaper option and one of the most popular medicines for hair loss available in the UK.

We also stock Avodart, which contains the active ingredient dutasteride. Avodart works in the same way as Propecia, although it can take 6 months or longer for this medicine to be effective.

Propecia Dosage

All of our Doctors and Pharmacists follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Propecia.

The recommended prescription dose for Propecia (finasteride) is one 1mg tablet per day, which should be taken with a drink of water.

You can take Propecia with or without a meal.

Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you use any medicine. Always follow your doctors instructions when you take Propecia (finasteride). Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure of anything.

What if I forget to take it?

If you forget to take Propecia, take the tablet as soon as you remember, as long as it is not almost time for your next scheduled dose.

Never take a double dose of any medicine to make up for missing a dose.

What if I take more than I'm supposed to?

If you accidentally take too many Propecia (finasteride) tablets, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Taking extra doses of Propecia will not speed up hair growth or make the medication work any more effectively than if you took the prescribed one tablet a day.

What will happen if I stop taking it?

To effectively treat hair loss and male pattern baldness, it is very important that you keep taking the treatment as instructed by your doctor.

It may take between 3 and 6 months for men to notice an increase in hair growth, but if you stop taking Propecia, you are likely to experience hair loss once again within 9 to 12 months, as your hair follicles begin to shrink. For this reason, you should not stop taking this prescription medicine until your doctor says so.

Will Propecia make my hair thicker?


Many people who take Propecia have reported that, aside from helping to regrow their hair, it has also thickened their hair.

Can Propecia cause erectile dysfunction?


Some men have reported that they had erectile problems while taking finasteride. If this happens, speak to your doctor.

Can I drink alcohol with it?


There is no known interaction between finasteride and alcohol.

Does Propecia affect your sex life?


Propecia can cause you to have a lower sex drive, as well as erectile and ejaculation problems. Although these side effects are uncommon (affecting around 1 in 100 users), you should talk to your doctor if they bother you.

Is it suitable for women?


No, women must not take Propecia. Women who are pregnant or of childbearing age must not come into contact with finasteride, as it can be harmful to unborn babies. If you have sex with a woman, you should wear a condom, as finasteride can be filtered into the semen.

How long does it take to work?


It may take between 3 and 6 months for you to notice a real improvement. You must make sure you keep taking Propecia for as long as your doctor tells you to.

Will I need to take it forever?


You will need to take Propecia every day in the long term to regrow and retain as much of your hair as possible. This may require you to take Propecia for years.

Will Propecia wear off?


The half-life of finasteride is quite short and the effects are normally out of the system within one week. For this reason, it is very important that you keep taking it each day for as long as your doctor says.

Will Propecia work to regrow the hair on my hairline?


Propecia is effective in treating hair that is thinning all over the scalp, including the temples, crown and hairline.

Can I take Viagra with it?


There is no known interactions between finasteride and Viagra, so it should be safe to take this medicine if you are suffering from erectile dysfunction.

Propecia Side Effects

This medicine can affect your sex life and you may experience:

  • Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
  • A decreased sex drive
  • Problems ejaculating, such as a decreased amount of semen released during sex

Serious Side Effects

In rare cases, men may experience the following side effects while taking this medicine:

  • Breast swelling or tenderness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Blood in your semen
  • Persistent erectile dysfunction after finishing the treatment
  • Pain in your testicles
  • Persistent decrease in your sex drive after finishing the treatment
  • Infertility or poor quality semen
  • Anxiety
  • Changes to how your liver works (this will be shown in a blood test)
  • Persistent ejaculation problems after finishing the treatment

If you experience any of these side effects during or after using Propecia, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Try to keep a note of how long these symptoms lasted and when they started.

This list is not exhaustive; always read the patient information leaflet for the full list of side effects.

It is also possible to suffer a severe allergic reaction to Propecia. If you exhibit any of the following symptoms, you should either go to A&E or call 999 straight away; you may require immediate treatment in hospital:

  • You have swelling in the mouth, tongue, lips, face or throat
  • You have tightness in the chest of throat
  • You are finding it difficult to speak or breathe
  • You have a skin rash that is red, itchy, blistered, peeling or swollen
  • You are wheezing

Propecia Warnings and drug interactions

Propecia may interact with other medicines.

You should speak to your doctor before starting a course of Propecia tablets if you are already taking any of the following:

You should always inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medicines you are already using; this includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

If you have any doubts or concerns as to whether Propecia is suitable for you, do not hesitate to speak to your doctor.

Propecia should only be taken by men who are over the age of 18 years old.

Propecia Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Finasteride

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

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Updated on: 28/09/2021

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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