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Hair Loss Tablets
Finasteride 1mg | from £7.88 per week
- Effective in 9 out of 10 men
- One tablet taken once a day
- Prevents hair loss and can promote regrowth for men with mild to moderate hair loss
9 out of 10 men with mild to moderate hair loss can see positive results.
Finasteride 1mg | from £6.88 per week
- Contains the same active ingredient as Propecia
- Effective at preventing hair loss
- Can promote hair growth in men with mild to moderate hair loss
You should take one finasteride tablet a day, with or without food.
About Hair Loss
Hair loss – in the form of male pattern baldness – is a genetic disorder. Male pattern baldness occurs when hair follicles convert testosterone into another hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Affected hair follicles (typically at the sides and the top of the head) become more sensitive to DHT, which causes the hair follicles to shrink, weaken, and eventually die. This slows down hair production and can stop hair growth altogether.
Hair Loss Treatments
Whilst there is no hair loss cure or baldness cure, hair loss treatment can prevent further hair loss and even lead to renewed hair growth.
Finasteride comes in the form of an oral tablet and needs to be prescribed by a doctor (this treatment is available via our online doctor service). Minoxidil is a topical lotion or foam which can be obtained from most pharmacies without a prescription.
How Hair Loss Treatment Works
Our hair loss treatment Propecia contains finasteride, and works as a long-term method of decreasing the effect of DHT on hair follicles. We also sell the generic form of Propecia (Finasteride), which contains exactly the same active ingredients.
Finasteride works by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into the hormone DHT, thereby reducing the negative effects of DHT on hair follicles.
It remains unclear how minoxidil works but it appears to have a temporary stimulating effect on hair follicles.
Effectiveness of Hair Loss Treatment
Both finasteride and minoxidil have high success rates in those with mild to moderate hair loss, but may need to be taken for several months before any effect is seen.
Evidence suggests that two thirds of men who take finasteride (either Propecia or its generic form) will benefit from renewed hair growth. Finasteride halts hair loss for the majority of men who use it, and more than 90% of our hair loss patients see desirable results. Men normally need to take finasteride for at least 3 months before any effect is seen, and the balding process will usually resume if treatment is stopped.
For Minoxidil, studies suggest that the balding process will slow in about half of men who use it, and that about 15% of men who use it will experience some hair regrowth.
Since available evidence suggests that finasteride causes hair growth in a higher proportion of men than minoxidil, we here at LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor believe that finasteride is the more effective treatment.
Our doctors prescribe finasteride to suitable patients through our online hair loss treatment service.
Types of Hair Loss
Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia)
The most common form of hair loss is male pattern baldness, in which the hairline recedes and hair on the top of the head and temples thins. Male pattern baldness affects around half of all men by the age of 50. This is the condition that Propecia and generic finasteride are licenced to treat.
Female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia)
As with male pattern baldness, hair gradually thins from the top of the head. This type of hair loss tends to run in families, and can often get worse after the menopause.
This is a shedding and thinning of the hair. Telogen effluvium typically occurs after you have suffered an illness or your body has undergone a stressful event, such as childbirth, surgery or sudden weight loss. Luckily, this kind of hair loss is usually temporary.
Alopecia areata is characterised by patchy hair loss, and is most common in teenagers and young adults. In many cases hair grows back in a few months. In the UK, alopecia areata affects one or two people in every 1,000.
Alopecia totalis & alopecia universalis
Alopecia totalis is a complete loss of hair on the head, and alopecia universalis a complete loss of hair on the head and body. In the case of both, hair is unlikely to grow back unless the loss of hair has been caused by a traumatic event such chemotherapy.
Alternative Hair Loss Treatments
Alternative therapies exist to treat hair loss, such as homeopathy, acupuncture, and aromatherapy. However, there is little evidence that these are effective, and no clinical evidence to suggest that herbal pills have any effect on hair loss.
Alternatively, you may wish to try wigs, hairpieces or shaving your head.
Hair transplants have shown rapid improvement over the last few years, but they can be expensive and success rates vary greatly.