Finasteride is a prescription-only medicine used to treat hair loss in men.
How to take it
- Take one tablet each day
- Can be taken with or without food
- Not suitable for women, children or adolescents
Please note: Male pattern baldness is genetic and does not currently have a cure. If you stop taking Finasteride daily, any effect it has will wear off, leading hair loss to start again within 6 to 12 months.
How it works
Finasteride works by blocking the action of an enzyme that converts the male hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone that causes male hair loss.
By reducing the amount of DHT affecting follicles in the scalp, Finasteride helps to halt hair loss and, in some cases, reverse it.
Finasteride only stimulates hair growth on the head and will not cause hair to grow elsewhere on the body.
For most men, Finasteride takes 3-6 months of daily use to show effects. The active ingredient finasteride has been shown to be effective in preventing hair loss in men in 9 out of 10 cases.
Finasteride is most effective in men with mild to moderate hair loss on the top of their head. There is little evidence that it is effective in reversing a receding hairline.
Side effects are uncommon and usually mild.
Sometimes Finasteride can cause a rash, reduced sex drive, low mood, erection problems or tenderness on or around the nipples. Very rarely, sexual side effects can be permanent and remain after stopping the medication.
It is possible to have an allergic reaction to Finasteride, resulting in a rash or difficulty breathing. If this occurs, you should seek medical help immediately. For more information on the possible side effects of Finasteride, contact us via your Patient Record or consult the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with the medicine.
Taking other medicines with Finasteride
You should not take Finasteride if you are already taking Dutasteride for prostate conditions.
It is important that you tell us about all the medicines you are currently taking so we can safely prescribe you a suitable treatment.
To reorder Finasteride, go to your Patient Record and select ‘reorder’. You will be required to fill in the online questionnaire each time you reorder.
A subscription service is available for Finasteride. Find out more about our hair loss treatment subscription service.
You can also order Propecia from us. This is a branded version of Finasteride and contains the same active ingredient (finasteride), so it will have the same effect on your hair loss.
Other hair loss treatments such as Regaine (which contains the active ingredient minoxidil) are available in store or online from LloydsPharmacy.
Other options include hair transplants, laser therapy and wigs or hairpieces.
Is it safe to buy Finasteride online?
Yes. All our clinicians have experience working in the NHS and are General Medical Council (GMC) or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registered. They will only offer Finasteride to you if it is medically suitable to take it. They will review your questionnaire and notify you via your Patient Record if you are suitable or if an alternative treatment would be more appropriate.
Finasteride can be safely ordered online from legitimate medical websites such as LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor. Any websites offering prescription-only treatments without a prescription are unsafe and illegal.
All our medicines are licensed by the government's Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and have undergone rigorous testing before being clinically approved for patient consumption.
Always check that the website is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), or the MHRA.