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Effective Propecia prescription treatment for hair loss
Male pattern hair loss is a common problem affecting 70% of all men at some point in their life.
You can use our consultation to obtain a prescription and medication for hair loss treatment online. Our doctor will check whether you can use a hair loss medication and approve an appropriate treatment.
In clinical trials, Propecia led to hair regrowth or prevented further hair loss in 9 out of 10 men and you may see results in as little as 3 months.
Propecia is not available on the NHS.
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In a few (less than 2%) men there has been a sexual side effect such as less desire for sex, difficulties in achieving an erection or a decrease in the amount of semen. These side effects went away in men who stopped taking Propecia.
Taking Finasteride causes a slight increase in your risk of breast cancer.
There are a number of alternative treatments for hair loss including over-the-counter products containing minoxidil (Regaine for men is a well-known example). You can also try a hair loss shampoo such as Alpecin.
Most cosmetic and homeopathic treatments do not have good clinical evidence of success.
Surgical options to treat hair loss can be effective - ask your GP or a hair loss specialist for more information.
If you would like to get personalised advice on how to cope with hair loss, you can also book a telephone consultation with one of our doctors.
Propecia is a hair loss treatment used to increase hair growth and reduce hair loss in men. It only affects hair growth on the scalp. It does not affect the growth of body hair. Propecia contains finasteride.
Genetically, some men are hypersensitive to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which can damage hair follicles and lead to hair loss. Propecia works by blocking the creation of DHT. By reducing the levels of DHT in the body, Propecia can reverse balding.
Propecia is a hair loss treatment for men only. It must not be taken by women or children. Pregnant women must not handle crushed or broken tablets of this medication.
Propecia decreases hair loss or increases regrowth in 90% of men. It takes between three and twelve months to become effective (because hair growth tends to be quite a slow process), but most men see an improvement in three to six months.
You need to stick with the prescribed treatment for it to work. The effect of Propecia only lasts whilst you are taking it. If you stop taking Propecia, your hair loss will go back to being the same as it was before you started the medication. As part of this, you will lose any hair that you have gained during treatment within six to twelve months.
Most tests have been conducted with men between 30 and 50 years old, but Propecia is shown to be just as effective as a hair loss treatment in reducing or stopping early hair loss (for example, for men in their twenties) as for older men.
Hair loss affects three in every ten men aged between 30 and 40, at least five in every ten men over 50, and seven in every ten men over 60. There are different types of hair loss, but the most common ones are male pattern hair loss and balding. Roughly 10 million men in the United Kingdom live with male pattern hair loss.
Generally, male pattern hair loss is hereditary. This genetic condition occurs in men who are hypersensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a hormone found near the scalp. Men who are hypersensitive to DHT find that their hair grows for a far shorter length of time than normal during the hair production cycle.
Eventually, their hair follicles shrink and stop producing hair. Whilst it is not currently possible to reverse a man’s genetic hypersensitivity to DHT, Propecia blocks the production of the enzyme that makes testosterone into DHT. This, in turn, reduces the level of DHT in the body and so, sends hair growth back to normal.
There are a number of different hair loss treatments. While Propecia is taken in the form of tablets, there are also hair loss creams which contain minoxidil. Minoxidil works by increasing the blood flow to the hair follicles. Unlike finasteride, it can also be used by women. While creams and foams containing minoxidil have been proven to reduce hair loss, some people find that newly grown hair comes out relatively weak, comparable to peach fuzz.
There are also a number of surgical treatment options. Some men choose to have hair transplanted onto the bald parts of their scalp. The transplanted hair is usually taken from a part of the patient’s scalp where there is plenty of hair. Hair transplants using artificial hair have become less popular due to the high risk of side effects and complications. Hair transplants are not available on the NHS.
Some hair loss treatment options have been found to be relatively ineffective or may cause unpleasant side effects. For this reason, the hair loss cream dithranol is no longer used. Ultraviolet light treatment is also rarely recommended and used, as it needs to be carried out weekly, shows negligible results and can cause nausea, pigment changes. Ultraviolet light therapy may also increase your risk of skin cancer.
Research into different hair loss treatments is ongoing and scientists are currently researching the possibility of cloning a person’s hair. However, this technique is not yet available and will require further research and medical trials.