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What is Finasteride

Finasteride is a drug used in the treatment of androgenic alopecia, which is more commonly known as male pattern baldness. This is a condition that affects around half of men by the time they reach the age of 50, however, it often begins much earlier than this. The drug acts as an inhibitor, preventing the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that can have a damaging effect on hair follicles.

Can I buy Finasteride online?

Finasteride can be bought online with a prescription from one of the doctors at Click Pharmacy subject to a confidential, online assessment to check your suitability for the product.

Finasteride for hair loss comes in 1mg tablets in the following doses

28 tablets (1 month)

56 tablets (2 months)

84 tablets (3 months)

168 tablets (6 months)

How effective is Finasteride?

Research shows that the treatment can lead to a 47% improvement of anagen hair within 48 weeks. This is hair that is in its growth phase. Users can see benefits as quickly as three months after starting treatment and it is effective in 90% of men with mild to moderate male pattern baldness.

When compared with topical treatments, Finasteride showed regrowth of dense hair in 80% of its users compared to 52% and although it is unlikely it could restore hair after longterm baldness, it can certainly thicken up hair which has begun to thin.

Taking this medication could help you to get your confidence back and regain your youthful looks.

What dose should I choose?

For hair loss take 1mg of Finasteride once a day. For guidance on dosages, you can speak to your GP or contact one of our knowledgeable healthcare specialists. Note that the treatment is not suitable for women, adolescents or children.

How long does Finasteride take to work?

The drug begins to work from the moment you metabolise the first pill and as it accumulates in your system you should begin to see the results from around 12 weeks onwards. As the hair follicles begin to once again move into a growth phase you should start to notice more obvious changes occurring at around 6 to 9 months and if you take Finasteride every day without fail you should see the final results at around 12 months.

How should I take Finasteride?

For the best results, you should take this medication every day with a full glass of water. You can have it on an empty stomach or with a meal.

It is recommended that you take the tablet at around the same time each day so that the level of drug in the body remains steady.

Please note it will not work faster if you take more than one so stick with the recommended dosage.

What are Finasteride Tablets used for?

Finasteride Tablets are used to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

Do I need a prescription to purchase Finasteride Tablets?

Yes, you require a prescription to purchase Finasteride Tablets. After completing a short online questionnaire, on our website, you will be provided with a prescription. This will allow you to purchase Finasteride Tablets.

Can women use Finasteride Tablets?

Finasteride Tablets are usually used in males to treat an enlarged prostate. It is sometimes prescribed to women to treat similar conditions.

How often should I take Finasteride Tablets?

It is generally advised to take Finasteride Tablets once a day. However this may differ in rare cases, depending on your condition.

Can children use Finasteride Tablets?

Finasteride Tablets are not suitable for children under the age of 18 years old.

Can pregnant or breastfeeding women take Finasteride Tablets?

Finasteride Tablets are not generally prescribed to women. In the rare cases where they are, they are not prescribed to anyone who is pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding.

Who should not use Finasteride Tablets?

You should not take Finasteride Tablets if you:

  • Have any problems with your liver
  • Have bladder problems
  • Are trying for a baby

How should I take Finasteride Tablets?

You swallow one whole capsule with a drink of water. They can be taken on an empty stomach however to prevent nausea it is advised to take them after a well balanced meal. You should refrain from crushing or chewing the capsules.

Can pregnant women touch Finasteride Tablets?

You should not touch Finasteride Tablets at all if you are pregnant as it can pass through the skin and harm the baby.

How long do Finasteride Tablets take to work?

You should notice an improvement in your condition a few days after taking Finasteride Tablets. However depending on the severity of your case it can take up to 6 months to notice an improvement.

Can I drink alcohol while using Finasteride Tablets?

Yes, it is safe to drink alcohol while taking Finasteride Tablets.

Does using Finasteride Tablets affect my contraception?

Although Finasteride Tablets do not stop any type of contraception from working, it is advised to use a condom when having intercourse. This is because it can pass to the semen cause harm to an unborn baby.

Does taking Finasteride Tablets affect my fertility?

Although becoming infertile is not a common side effect from using Finasteride Tablets, some men have become infertile. If you plan on having children in the future you should speak to a GP or pharmacist before taking this treatment.

Will taking Finasteride Tablets affect my sexual life?

A common side effect from taking Finasteride Tablets is not being able to get an erection. This side effect should disappear as time passes, however if it is something you are worried about then you should speak to a GP or pharmacist prior to using the treatment.

Side Effects

After using Finasteride Tablets you will experience a number of different side effects. These side effects should improve as time goes by and you complete your treatment. Common side effects and how to overcome them include:

  • Problems getting an erection: this side effect should improve over time. If it is something you are worried about, you should consult with a GP or pharmacist prior to starting the treatment.
  • Problems ejaculating: If the amount you ejaclate is less, this is usually harmless and improves over time.

Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information can be found here.

Authored by Jana Abelovska

Last reviewed 20 April 2021

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