28 tablet pack of Propecia 1 mg for hair loss treatment

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28 tablet pack of Propecia 1 mg for hair loss treatment
Propecia is a prescription-only hair loss treatment that is used to treat male pattern baldness. It’s effective for 9 out of 10 men, and works by preventing hair loss and causing regrowth. You can start to see the results of Propecia in as little as 3 months.

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Finasteride - 1 month / 28 tablets £27.00
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Finasteride - 3 months / 84 tablets £78.00
Finasteride - 6 months / 168 tablets £135.00
Propecia® - 1 month / 28 tablets £50.00
Propecia® - 2 months / 56 tablets £90.00
Propecia® - 3 months / 84 tablets £109.00
Propecia® - 6 months / 168 tablets £198.00

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About Propecia

What is Propecia used for?

Propecia is a prescription drug that is used to treat and slow male pattern baldness and increase hair growth in men. Propecia comes as tablets that you take daily, and contains 1mg of the active ingredient finasteride.

Propecia doses

Propecia is a brand name for finasteride. The two most common doses for finasteride are 1mg and 5mg. The different doses are used for different purposes. 1mg is the recommended finasteride dose to take to treat male pattern hair loss. 5mg is not prescribed for hair loss, and is used to treat conditions that affect your prostate, like Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

What is the difference between Finasteride and Propecia?

Finasteride and Propecia are the same medication, and work in the exact same way and are equally effective. The only difference is that Propecia is a specific brand of finasteride, while finasteride is a generic medication. This means that finasteride is generally available at a lower cost than Propecia, as you are not paying for the brand name.

Male pattern baldness is caused when an enzyme in the body changes testosterone into a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT binds to hair follicles that can be sensitive to the enzyme, causing them to shrink and produce thinner hairs. The hairs affected get thinner and shorter, until they stop producing hair entirely. Propecia reduces the production of DHT in the body. In turn, this helps to slow hair loss. 

How effective is Propecia?

Propecia is effective for 9 out of 10 men. The concentration of DHT in the body drops by 65% within 24 hours of taking a dose of Propecia. Noticeable effects of taking Propecia daily can take three months or more to appear, and fuller hair, better hairline, and thicker hair may take a year to see.

Does Propecia regrow hair?

Yes, Propecia can regrow hair in most cases. Studies have shown that 64% of men saw some hair regrowth as a result of taking Propecia daily. Even if you do not regrow hair, it may help to prevent further hair loss. 

Does Propecia thicken hair?

Yes, Propecia has been proven to increase hair thickness in some men, but by how much will change from person to person.

Does Propecia work for a receding hairline?

Yes, Propecia can work for a receding hairline by slowing hair loss. Some men may also experience hair regrowth or the thickening of the hair in that area.

How long does Propecia take to work?

Although Propecia quickly reduces the concentration of DHT in the body, most men do not see noticeable results until after about 3 months of taking Propecia daily. More obvious results may take up to 12 months to become noticeable. If no benefits have appeared after 12 months of taking Propecia, talk to your doctor to see whether another option may be a better choice for you, and to investigate for any other causes of hair loss.

How to take Propecia

The recommended dose is one tablet a day to be taken with water. Propecia will not work faster or better if you take it more than once a day. If you take more than one by mistake, contact your doctor immediately.

When to take Propecia

You can take Propecia at any time of the day with or without food. Try to take it at around the same time every day.

Where to buy Propecia

Propecia is a prescription-only medicine, meaning that to get it, you need to be prescribed it by a doctor. As a result, it is not available to buy in shops, and must be dispensed by a pharmacy.

Can I buy Propecia online?

Yes, you can order Propecia online through Superdrug Online Doctor. You will simply need to fill out a questionnaire, which is then reviewed by one of our doctors to make sure Propecia is a suitable treatment for you. If your order is approved, your Propecia prescription can be sent directly to you, or to your local Superdrug Pharmacy to pick up.

Is it safe to buy Propecia online?

Yes, Superdrug Online Doctor’s clinical team is made up of UK registered doctors who are fully trained and qualified. They will only ever prescribe Propecia if they think it will be the most suitable treatment for you.

Can I buy Propecia over the counter?

No, it is not possible to buy Propecia over the counter because it is a prescription-only medicine, meaning you will need a prescription from a doctor before a pharmacist can dispense it for you.

Can I get Propecia on the NHS?

Propecia is not available on the NHS.

Many people who take Propecia will not get any side effects. But, just like any medicine, there will be some who do. 

Uncommon side effects include:

  • decreased libido
  • Depression
  • erectile dysfunction
  • ejacultatory disorders
Side effects where the frequency is unknown include:
  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Anxiety
  • Palpitations
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Breast/chest tenderness and enlargement, or cancer
  • testicular pain
  • Blood in the sperm
  • infertility

Propecia shedding

Propecia shedding is a common side effect that happens when you begin to take Propecia regularly. Hairs affected by DHT will fall out to make way for new hairs in the follicle. It may be alarming, but it is usually a sign that you are responding to the treatment and it often only lasts a few weeks.

Propecia and weight gain

Weight gain is not a known side effect of Propecia.

Propecia changes in sexual function

Propecia has been linked to loss of libido, an inability to ejaculate and an inability to reach an orgasm. These issues may continue for some time, even after you stop taking Propecia.

Propecia and erectile dysfunction

A small number of people who take Propecia may experience erectile dysfunction. This may continue for some months or even years after stopping the medication.

How to reduce the side effects of Propecia

If you are experiencing side effects as a result of taking Propecia, make an appointment to see your doctor right away.

How long do the side effects of Propecia last?

How long the side effects of Propecia last will change from person to person and will depend on which side effects you have. Side effects such as shedding will improve in a few weeks, whereas more serious side effects like erectile dysfunction may last for much longer.

Post-Propecia syndrome

Post-Propecia Syndrome (or Post-finasteride syndrome) is a non-medical term used to describe a variety of side effects reported by some people who have taken Propecia. These symptoms can persist even after you stop taking Propecia. They have included erectile dysfunction, low libido and depression. There is no scientific evidence that Post-Propecia exists, but many believe it does.

What should I do if I get side effects?

If you get any of the rare side effects listed above, or are concerned about the side effects you are experiencing, make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible.

It is especially important to get medical help if you have any changes in your chest wall. For example, a lump in your chest or armpit, pain, or nipple discharge. This could indicate cancer. It is also essential to talk to your doctor if you have feelings of depression.

What should I do if Propecia does not work?

If you do not see a noticeable difference in your hair loss after 12 months of taking Propecia, make an appointment to see your GP. They may suggest that you try a different hair loss treatment, or investigate the cause of your hair loss

Propecia vs. Minoxidil

Propecia and Minoxidil both help to slow down male hair loss. Propecia is a prescription-only oral tablet, whereas Minoxidil is available to buy over the counter as it is most commonly available in serums or shampoo. Some people will use them in combination. 

Propecia vs. Dutasteride

Propecia and Dutasteride are both medications that block the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Because they work in the same way, they cause similar side effects. Dutasteride is in theory 20% more effective at blocking DHT, but is not currently licensed and available in the UK for hair loss.

Propecia vs. Aindeem

Propecia and Aindeem are the same drug (Finasteride) under different brand names. Therefore, you could  expect a similar effectiveness, as well as similar side effects. However, Aindeem is no longer available.

Propecia is for adult men only. It must not be taken by anyone aged under 18 years, or by women. 

You should not take Propecia if you have severe bladder or liver problems, or if you are trying for a baby. It should not be handled by women who are pregnant. 

Drug interactions

No medications have been identified to have negative interactions with Propecia.

Can you drink alcohol when taking Propecia?

Yes, you can drink alcohol when you are taking Propecia.

Can you take paracetamol with Propecia?

Yes, you can take paracetamol when you are taking Propecia.

Propecia and Viagra

Yes, you can take Viagra when you are taking Propecia.

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Reviewed by: Dr Louisa Draper in line with the Superdrug Online Editorial Process.

GMC no. 6149137

Dr Draper studied at the University of Oxford and finished her training to become a doctor at University College London, with a special interest in innovation in medicine, online and digital medicine, improving access to healthcare and reducing inequalities in health and well-being.

Last reviewed on: 23/08/21