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Hair loss can be difficult to come to terms with emotionally, as it can feel as if you are losing part of your identity. Alopecia is the general medical term, covering many types of hair loss which can have different symptoms and causes. Various treatments are available, depending on what the root cause of the hair loss is and you can obtain medicine with our Online Doctor service.
|Price Per Tablet||From £1.36||From £1.10|
|Active Ingredient||Finasteride 1mg||Finasteride 1mg|
|Our Doctor Says||In general, daily use for three to six months may be necessary before you notice any increase in the hair density or stabilisation of hair loss.||Cheaper than the brand name 'Propecia'. Finasteride is excreted in semen and use of a condom is recommended if sexual partner is pregnant or likely to become pregnant.|
|How long do I need to take this to see results?||In general, daily use for 4 months may be necessary before you notice any increase in the hair density or stabilisation of hair loss.||Three to six months of once daily treatment are required before evidence of stabilization of hair loss can be expected. Continuous use is recommended to sustain benefit.|
|How long is it effective?||If treatment is stopped, the beneficial effects begin to reverse by six months and return to baseline by 9 to 12 months.||If treatment is stopped, the beneficial effects begin to reverse by six months and return to baseline by 9 to 12 months.|
|Uncommon side effect||May cause adverse sexual effects in a small number (2%) of men during usage of the medication which resolve when the medication is discontinued.||Finasteride may cause adverse sexual effects in a small number (2%) of men during usage of the medication which resolve when the medication is discontinued.|
Alopecia is the collective term for hair loss but there are many different types, each with their own symptoms and causes. The most common types of hair loss are:
At ChemistDirect.co.uk we provide medicine for Male pattern baldness which is the most common type of hair loss, affecting around half of all men by 50 years of age. It usually starts in the late 20s/early 30s and most men have some degree of hair loss by their late 30s.
Male pattern baldness typically consists of a receding hair line and thinning hair on the crown and temples. It is a hereditary condition and is thought to be caused by over sensitive hair follicles – linked to having too much of a certain male hormone.
Whatever the cause of your hair loss, it can be emotionally difficult to come to terms with. The hair on your head can be a huge part of your identity and when it starts to be lost it can lead to depression and self-confidence issues.
Common types of hair loss, such as male pattern baldness does not pose a risk to your health and is a natural part of aging – therefore you won’t find treatments available on the NHS. However, if you are experiencing hair loss it can be distressing and you should see your doctor in the first instance.
Depending on the cause of your hair loss the treatment may vary. Your doctor should be able to identify your type of hair loss after an examination and may refer you to a private consultant dermatologist (skin care specialist). At ChemistDirect.co.uk we offer the active ingredient Finasteride for male pattern baldness.
Please note that this treatment may not be suitable for everyone and the effects are dependent in continued usage. It is worth doing research before committing to a treatment. It may also be suitable to look up some counselling or find a support group.