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Propecia - Hair loss treatment
  • 1 tablet taken daily 
  • Halts hair loss for 90% of men 
  • Can promote hair regrowth in some men

Propecia (branded Finasteride)

An effective branded treatment for hair loss caused by male pattern baldness that's taken as a daily tablet. It works for 9 in 10 men when taken regularly, halting hair loss and in some cases stimulating regrowth.

Finasteride has the same active ingredient as Propecia, and is a generic equivalent treatment.   

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Propecia - Hair loss treatment
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Alternative treatment: Finasteride

  • 1 tablet taken daily 
  • Halts hair loss for 90% of men 
  • Can promote hair regrowth in some men

Generic or branded treatments?

Some treatments contain the same active ingredient but are sold under different names. If the active ingredient and the dosage are the same, the treatments will have the same effect and work in the same way. 

Generic Branded
Same active ingredient
Works in the same way
Often less expensive

What our patients say

What is Propecia?

  • How to take Propecia

    Take 1 tablet of Propecia each day. Can be taken with or without food.

    You must continue to take Propecia for the treatment to work.

  • How does Propecia work?

    The active ingredient in Propecia (finasteride) blocks the action of an enzyme that converts the male hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is 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.

  • How effective is Propecia

    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 90% of cases. In some cases, men experience hair regrowth.

    If you stop taking Propecia, your hair loss will return. Propecia is most effective in men with mild to moderate hair loss on the top of their head caused by male pattern baldness. There is little evidence that it is effective in reversing a receding hairline.

    Propecia will not work faster or better if you take more that 1 tablet a day.

  • What are the side effects of Propecia?

    Side effects of Propecia 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, sexual side effects can be permanent and remain after stopping the medication.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.

  • Can Propecia regrow hair?

    It has been shown in studies that up to 66% of men who use Propecia will see some hair regrowth after 2 years of use. 

  • Does Propecia thicken hair?

    Propecia works to halt hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. Your hair may appear thicker with regrowth. 

  • How long does Propecia take to regrow hair?

    It may take 3-6 months for you to start to see the impacts of taking Propecia. It’s important to keep taking the medication for as long as your clinician says. If you stop taking Propecia hair loss will begin again. 

  • How do you know if Propecia is working?

    After 3-6 months of taking Propecia you might be able to see that your hairline has not receded further or perhaps some regrowth in zones you had previously lost hair. 

  • Can I get Propecia over the counter?

    No, Propecia is a prescription-only medication, so you can only get it if you have a prescription from a clinician. 

  • Is Propecia safe long term?

    It is safe to continue taking Propecia over long periods of time. Taking Propecia may slightly increase your risk of erectile dysfunction, with around 1 in 100 men affected, but this, like other significant side effects will be highlighted to you.

  • Does Propecia expire?

    All medications have an expiry date. Make sure you don’t use treatment after the expiry date. 

  • Is Propecia better than Regaine?

    ropecia and Regaine work in a different way to treat hair loss. Propecia is reportedly up to 90% effective at halting hair loss after 5 years of taking the treatment, Regaine has been shown to be 60% effective in a 48 week study. Despite this, lots of people use the treatments in combination to treat hair loss. This gives you a good chance of slowing hair loss and promoting regrowth. 

  • Propecia drug interactions

    You should be able to take Propecia alongside other medicines. However, it is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe Propecia safely.

  • Important information about Propecia

    If you forget to take Propecia, take the next dose as soon as you remember. Do not take more than 1 tablet in 24 hours. Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten tablet.

  • Alternative hair loss treatments

    We also offer the cost-effective generic treatment Finasteride in our hair loss clinic. This contains the same dose of the same active ingredient (finasteride) as branded Propecia. This means they work in the same way.

    Other hair loss treatments such as Minoxidil (also sold branded as Regaine) are available from LloydsPharmacy either in store or online.

    Other options include hair transplants, skin camouflage and wigs or hairpieces.

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