Hair loss affects 1 in 3 men before they reach the age of 30. It is one of the most common aesthetic conditions people seek treatment for. DrFelix offers prescription treatment for hair loss, clinically proven to boost hair growth in 90% users.
Order propecia online, the popular branded prescription tablets without having to see your GP, our online doctor and pharmacy service also offers generic finasteride for hair loss at a lower cost. Both hair loss treatments; propecia and finasteride are medically identical.
Simply complete our short hair loss consultation and one of our doctors will review it to approve appropriate medicine. The medicine will be dispatched in plain and discreet packaging from our NHS community pharmacy.
Complete a short consultation before selecting your medication. All our consultations are approved by a UK Medical Doctor.
Summary of available medications
|Propecia 1mg (Finasteride)||28 tablets (1 month) to 168 tablets (6 months)||From £54.99|
|Finasteride 1mg||28 tablets (1 month) to 168 tablets (6 months)||From £49.99|
|Propecia 1mg||28 tablets (1 month)||£54.99|
|Propecia 1mg||56 tablets (2 months)||£99.99|
|Propecia 1mg||84 tablets (3 months)||£124.99|
|Propecia 1mg||168 tablets (6 months)||£234.99|
Finasteride (Generic Propecia)
|Finasteride 1mg||28 tablets (1 month)||£49.99|
|Finasteride 1mg||56 tablets (2 months)||£94.99|
|Finasteride 1mg||84 tablets (3 months)||£119.99|
|Finasteride 1mg||168 tablets (6 months)||£229.99|
What is ‘Hair Loss’?Hair Loss is a common problem amongst men across the whole world, especially in men between the age of 30 and 60. The medical term for hair loss is alopecia also commonly known as “male pattern baldness”. Hair loss often follows patterns as per its name, starting with a receding hairline followed by thinning hair around the crown and temples. Most men will experience some form of hair loss before they reach the age of 30, as early as the teen s. However, it is more severe in the latter years. Although some men accept hair loss as a natural side effect of ageing, others can be distressed and experience low self-esteem, depression and loss of confidence.
What exactly causes hair losses?You have heard right from the GP, hair loss is a genetic issue. Dihydrotestosterone or DHT is a naturally occurring hormone in your body and it is your body’s over-sensitivity to this hormone which causes hair loss. DHT causes your hair follicles to shrink over time and shortens the natural growth cycle. The remaining hairs that grow are thinner, and the shrunk hairs which fall out have no replacement due to the disturbed growth cycle. Propecia / finasteride is a prescription hair loss treatment which is used to stop this hormone being produced and thus treat male pattern baldness.
Hair loss statisticsOver 8 million men and almost 2 million women in the UK are affected by male pattern baldness. 40% men will have started hair loss before the age of 35. Approx. 70% of men will have experienced significant hair loss by the age of 60.
Hair loss symptomsHair loss symptoms include a distinct receding hairline, hair thinning on top and generally noticing more than usual hair when combing or washing your hair.
Who is affected by hair loss?Male pattern baldness is inherited 95% of the time. The hair loss gene can be passed from either your mother or father. Hair loss can also occur as a result of stress, bad hair care, side effect of certain medicine and a poor diet.
Hair loss myths
- Shaving your hair will not grow it back thicker.
- Blow drying does not cause hair loss
- Washing it regularly or colouring hair will not cause hair loss
Hair loss diagnosisHair loss is usually diagnosed by visually inspecting the pattern of loss, family’s history to check for genetic hair loss and other prescription medicine. You can use Norwood Scale, a visual chart to categorise the extent of hair loss.
How can you treat hair loss?Propecia is a popular and effective hair loss treatment; it decreases the level of DHT, the hormone responsible of making hair shrink. Finasteride is the generic version of propecia which is also available now at a lower price than propecia. Regaine (minoxidil) is a common topical solution you can try or consider a hair transplant.
Do propecia / finasteride tablets cause long term issues?Although severe side effects are rare, some common ones are a decrease in sex drive, itching, tender breasts or a rash.
Can I get hair loss treatment on the NHS?Regaine is available on the NHS, 1 in 3 men who use regaine foam or solution see regrowth of hair. However propecia / finasteride is not available on the NHS but only available on private prescription. You can fill in a quick hair loss consultation and request propecia from DrFelix.
How long do I need to take propecia or finasteride to see a change?Propecia takes time as hair growth is a slow process. You have to take propecia or finasteride tablets for 9 to 12 months to see a difference; however some men see an improvement in 3 to 6 months. Propecia is a continuous treatment so it will stop working if you stop taking it.
Propecia / Finasteride tablets
The main licensed medication in UK for hair loss is propecia / finasteride. The octagonal tablet only comes in 1mg strength. Finasteride is the active ingredient in propecia, which is available as generic propecia at a lower cost. Propecia blocks the “type II 5 alpha reductase” enzyme which stops DHT in the scalp which reduces hair growth.
Regaine foam and solution are classified as a pharmacy only medicine. Regaine can be used in men and women to treat androgenic alopecia. 1 in 3 people using regaine experience regrowth.
Steroid cream and injections
These are used for alopecia areata, if you are suffering from this, speak to your GP.
Hair transplants are becoming more and more common in the UK, the industry has saw an exponential increase over the last few years. Some other options are wigs or use of microfibers to give the appearance of thicker hair.
How does hair loss treatment work?
Propecia or finasteride tablets are both identical oral medication. They are clinically proven to be an effective hair loss treatment, stopping hair loss and regrow hair in 9 out of 10 men. Propecia and finasteride both need to be taken continuously to be effective, and at least for 3 months to see an improvement. Propecia (finasteride) stops the production of DHT hormone I your body which causes hair follicles to shrink.
What happens if I stop taking propecia / finasteride?
If you stop propecia, your hair loss will return to the same level it was prior to starting hair loss treatment.
What are side effects of hair loss treatment?
Propecia or finasteride rarely cause any severe side effects, but a small amount of men using propecia reported a drop in their sex drive, struggle in getting an erection but stopped noticing these side effects once they stopped propecia.
Some very rare side effects reported by some men were tender and sore breasts, depression, itching rash, swelling, sore testicles, low semen production.
If you are suffering from diarrhoea, fever and a significant amount of hair loss really quick, speak to your GP. Always read the patient information leaflet before using any medicine.
- Propecia is only for men, women should not take it.
- If you stop propecia / finasteride then any hair gained in the last 6-12 months will be lost and go back to the same level it was before starting the hair loss treatment.
- Pregnant women should not touch propecia tablets.
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