How much is Finasteride?

10th October 2019

Finasteride is a highly effective hair loss medication and once a man commences treatment, this continues for the long term. Because of its duration of use, a lot of men are concerned about whether this is an expensive treatment to maintain. So how much is Finasteride?

Finasteride is the name of the active ingredient in branded Propecia and in the generic alternative. Like with many medications (such as Viagra and Sildenafil), the generic version is the most cost-effective.

While men may pay up to £88 for one months supply of Propecia, the generic version of Finasteride is available from UK Meds for only £12.99 for the same quantity. Both drugs contain the same active ingredient so they work in exactly the same way. Finasteride is designed to be taken on a 1 tablet per day basis and this treatment will need to continue in order to effectively fight hair loss.

What is Finasteride?

Finasteride is a medicine that works by blocking the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. That may not mean much to non-medical people, however, most people will have heard of testosterone. The male sex hormone is much more prevalent in men (although women do have it too) and is responsible for sex drive, muscle mass and bone density (among other things).

The 5-alpha-reductase enzyme works in the body to convert testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT); a more aggressive version of the male hormone and one that’s responsible for developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It also acts on the hair follicle and causes the hair to fall out, which is what happens in the case of male pattern baldness (a very common, hereditary condition).

Finasteride works to block the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, which in turn prevents further hair loss and can also help to encourage new hair growth. However, this process is ongoing which is why Finasteride treatment must be too.

What are the benefits of Finasteride?

Male pattern baldness is a widespread issue that affects a vast number of men. It does no harm and is not dangerous, however it can cause a lack of self confidence or self esteem, and can lead to a man becoming unhappy with his appearance.

Finasteride is an effective treatment for hair loss. Not only does it stop you from losing more hair, but it can also help to produce new hair growth as the hair follicle recovers from the act of dihydrotestosterone.

Finasteride is a relatively low-risk medication, especially in its lowest strength (which is the approved strength for treating hair loss). It is easy to use as the dosage required is one tablet per day, and there are relatively few side effects.

Some men notice that their libido decreases when taking Finasteride and some also notice a decreased sexual ability but this does not happen to everyone. If you do notice any side effects from taking Finasteride (or any other medication) then you should seek advice from a medical professional.