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In this article we cover finasteride price – is it worth it? what is the cheapest source? We go through the different brand names of finasteride, the dosages, the cheapest places to get them, the effects of finasteride, how it works, and more. Watch the full video to learn all about finasteride along with the alternatives!
Finasteride is one of the most popular hair loss treatments on the market (next to Rogaine). However, you may be surprised to learn that it isn’t necessarily the most effective.
In this post, I’ll introduce you to finasteride and how it works. You’ll also learn:
The most common side effects and complications.
How Propecia differs from generic finasteride.
How Propecia differs from Proscar, and which is best for fighting hair loss.
Whether topical finasteride is a viable option.
The price of finasteride, as well as possible discounts.
How to get a prescription for finasteride.
The natural alternatives to finasteride that I recommend.
I’ll also discuss how you can determine whether finasteride is right for you.
What Is Finasteride?
Known under the brand name Propecia, finasteride is a drug used to cover the symptoms of Male-Pattern Baldness (MPB). It was first developed by Merck for the treatment of prostate enlargement.
Over time, it was discovered that one “side effect” of finasteride was hair growth. In 1997, it was finally released for the treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA, also known as MPB).
How Does It Work?
Unlike Rogaine – another common hair loss drug found on the market – finasteride works from the inside out.
In short, it interrupts the process that converts testosterone (the male sex hormone) to DHT (the hormone mainly responsible for hair follicle miniaturization).
It does this by inhibiting (or slowing down) the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase (5AR), which is responsible for the conversion process.
When taken orally, finasteride targets the enzyme before the development of DHT occurs. This is in contrast to Rogaine, which just makes it possible for hair follicles to survive in the presence of DHT.
Finasteride Side Effects & Complications
If DHT is responsible for MPB (and also Female-Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL)), why does the body produce it? DHT actually plays a crucial role in the body, specifically as it relates to male genital maturation and development of the prostate.
Considering the role it plays, blocking the development of DHT can have serious side effects and complications for the user.
The majority of side effects are related to sexual function. For example:
Loss of libido
Difficulting achieving/maintaining an erection
Decreased ejaculatory volume
Warning! While side effects can subside once finasteride use stops, some individuals may experience long-lasting symptoms.
Propecia vs. Generic Finasteride: Is There a Difference?
One of the most common ways to save money on Propecia is by purchasing generic (i.e. store brand) finasteride. The costs can be significantly lower, and the effects are exactly the same. So, what exactly is the difference?
In short, there really isn’t one.
The active ingredient – finasteride – is present in Propecia as well as generic brands. Though, the inactive ingredients can differ from brand to brand.
For most people, this causes no problems. However, certain individuals may react differently to different finasteride brands.
There may be a few reasons for this. One, the more affordable brands may use lower-quality products. Two, you may have an allergy to one of the inactive ingredients.
Propecia (1 mg finasteride) vs. Proscar (5 mg finasteride)
When discussing treatment methods, it’s common for hair loss sufferers to consider higher doses. After all, a higher dose will mean faster and better results, right?
Not necessarily. And in fact, it can mean increased side effects and price.
As mentioned above, Propecia is the original brand of finasteride that’s used to treat MPB. Proscar is also a finasteride-containing drug, but one used in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
The other difference between the two drugs is their finasteride dose. Propecia is just 1 milligram, while Proscar is 5 milligrams.
So, should you go straight to using Proscar if you’d like to speed up the process?
The main reason being, there is no proof that a higher dose of finasteride will lead to faster or better results.
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.