Propecia (active ingredient finasteride) is a prescription-only medicine used to treat hair loss in men. It’s not available on the NHS, so you'll need a private prescription.
How to take it
- Take one tablet each day
- Cane 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 Propecia every day, any effect it has will wear off, leading hair loss to start again within 6 to 12 months.
How it works
Propecia 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, Propecia helps to halt hair loss and, in some cases, reverse it.
Propecia only stimulates hair growth on the head and will not cause hair to grow elsewhere on the body.
For most men, Propecia 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.
Propecia 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 Propecia can cause a rash, reduced sex drive, low mood, erection problems or tenderness on or around the nipples. Very rarely, these side effects can be permanent and remain after stopping the medication.
It is possible to have an allergic reaction to the active ingredient, 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 Propecia
You should not take Propecia if you are already taking Finasteride or 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 Propecia, go to your Patient Record and select ‘reorder’. You will be required to fill in the online questionnaire each time you reorder.
Finasteride, which contains the same active ingredient as Propecia and works in the same way, is available on subscription. Propecia is not currently available on this service. Find out more about our hair loss treatment subscription service.
You can also order Finasteride from us. This is a generic version of Propecia and contains the same active ingredient (finasteride), so it will have the same effect on your hair loss.
You can also buy other hair loss treatments such as Regaine (which contains the active ingredient minoxidil) in store or online from LloydsPharmacy.
Other options include hair transplants, laser therapy and wigs or hairpieces.
Is it safe to buy Propecia 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.
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