What is Finasteride?
Finasteride 1mg tablets
inhibit the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in your body, allowing
natural re-growth. This treatment is very effective in men with a mild to moderate
amount of hair loss, not solely in the temple area and results are usually
apparent after a few months; with significant improvements being recorded for
up to five years after beginning treatment.
Propecia, manufactured by Merck,
Sharp and Dohme (MSD), was introduced to treat this problem but the UK patent
expired in October 2014 and therefore other pharmaceutical companies could then
manufacture a generic equivalent of Propecia, called finasteride 1mg.
Why are there different brands?
A lot of our customers prefer to continue with the brand that they have received previously, especially after having a hair transplant. This brand is usually the "Aindeem" brand. They have confidence in it and want to continue to take it.
Aindeem was manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Actavis but Actavis was acquired by Accord who supply finasteride with their own branding. Accord are manufacturing their brand to the same recipe as Actavis so you should not notice any difference apart from the packaging.
We have also introduced a "generic" brand which is the best value for money. The brand supplied will vary from time to time.
How effective is it?
Clinical trials conducted by MSD showed that finasteride
1mg helps to reverse the balding process, with 90% of people seeing either
increased hair growth or prevention of further hair loss.
It may take 3 to 6 months for the full effect to develop. It is important to keep taking it as, if you stop taking finasteride, you are likely to lose the hair you have gained within 9-12 months.
Finasteride is most effective when
used to treat hair loss on the crown of the head or both the crown and temples; it may not yield the same
results when hair loss is limited to the temple area only.
How should I take Finasteride?
Finasteride 1mg is for use by men only and should not
be used by women or children. One tablet should be taken daily, with or without
Any benefit from taking Finasteride 1mg will be reversed within a
year of discontinuing the course of medication.
Should I use finasteride after a
Hair transplant surgeons
recommend that you use finasteride 1mg daily to promote hair growth after a
transplant. It will prevent further hair loss and reduce the potential failure
of your hair transplant.
What are the side effects?
Side effects are uncommon but you may experience
- A reduction in sex drive
- Increased heart beat
- Swollen or tender breasts
Women who are pregnant or may become
pregnant should not handle broken or crushed
finasteride tablets. If finasteride is absorbed
through the skin or taken by mouth by a woman
pregnant with a male foetus, the child may be
born with malformed genital organs. The tablets
are film-coated, which prevents contact with
finasteride provided the tablets are not broken or
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