Do I have to see my GP to get Finasteride?
Male pattern baldness is a type of permanent hair loss, affecting more than half of men over 50, who will experience a thinning hair on the scalp, receding hairline and/or balding. Early signs of male pattern baldness can start at around the age of 25 to 35 and over the years the hair loss becomes progressively worse. It’s generally hereditary and can be upsetting.
Catching MPB early is key and may result in slowing hair loss or even reversing hair loss. Out of the number of hair loss treatments available, Propecia, or Finasteride its generic version, are proven as the most effective for hair regrowth.
What kind of doctor prescribes Propecia?
You can get prescribed products that treats hair loss discreet to your door from Brent Pharmacy. To purchase Propecia from us, simply fill out the online consultation. If the treatment is suitable, medications will be prescribed and posted to you.
It is however recommended that you consult your GP surgery in the first instance to diagnose the cause of your hair loss, but thereafter all prescriptions can be issued by us at Brent Pharmacy.
Alternatively, you could also use an online doctor service which will make it easy to get the treatment you need. They will be able to access an electronic summary your NHS record. The NHS Summary Care Record is a copy of key information which provides the online doctors with faster, secure access to essential information about you if required. They will also send relevant notes to your local GP if required.
Another medical professional that can prescribe Propecia is a dermatologist. You might think of dermatologists as “skin doctors” and not associate them with your scalp, but hair follicles are in the skin, and the two are closely related. They specialise in treating the skin, nails, and hair, and when it comes to your hair specifically, a dermatologist can help determine the cause of your hair loss.
How Propecia works
Most men who suffer from male pattern hair loss are hypersensitive to a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone DHT, which can damage hair follicles and cause hair loss. Propecia and Finasteride works by reducing the levels of this hormone in the body in order to reverse balding. By reducing the DHT levels affecting follicles in the scalp, Propecia helps to halt hair loss and, in some cases, reverse it. It reduces hair loss or causes re-growth in 9 out of 10 men.
How long does Propecia take to work?
It takes approximately 12 weeks to show results and is taken daily as a whole tablet, but please note that Propecia will not work faster or better if you take more than 1 tablet a day. If you stop taking Propecia, your hair loss will return, as Propecia and Finasteride needs to be taken long term.
Propecia works on all areas of the scalp affected by male pattern baldness, including the hairline. The best way to see results from Propecia is to take photos at regular intervals. The before and after pictures will give you a good indication how Propecia is working for you. Propecia only stimulates hair growth on the head and will not cause hair to grow elsewhere on the body.
If you have not experienced any positive results after 1 year, you should stop taking the treatment as it is unlikely that it will work for you. But do keep in mind that Propecia does not just work to regrow hair, but it can also prevent further hair loss, so even if you do not experience regrowth, you may have been preventing further hair loss during the year by taking it.
Taking Propecia and Finasteride tablets is generally safe, and the side effects are uncommon and usually mild. Sometimes Propecia can cause a rash, reduced sex drive/decreased libido, 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. 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.
Propecia (Finasteride) is part of a class of drugs known as 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs). It is approved only for use in men because it can cause ambiguous genitalia in developing male foetuses. It is also used to treat an enlarged prostate.
For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us. As with all medications, talk to your doctor to seek medical advice if you suffer allergic reactions.