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Hello, everyone. 

I'm about to start finasteride, and I have some questions:

1) Where should I get it? Doctors? Chemist? A hairloss clinic?

2) Are there different types? Name? Brand? Are there any benefits of going with name brands over the cheaper alternatives?

3) I would like to start with a "low" dose. How many mgs would qualify as low or high?

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. 


 

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1. you can get it from your general doctor, dermatologist, or online at places like HIMS. I got mine from a dermatologist and have a recurring prescription every 3 months.

2. there is the generic version "finasteride" or the brand name Propecia. I dont think there are any hard results/studies that show one is better than the other. I go with generic finasteride.

3. a low dose to start off with would be .5mg every other day. My finasteride comes in 1mg pills. Propecia comes in 5mg tablets I believe that you have to cut in pieces.

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Hi Clark,

Id initially suggest speaking tour own family GP. However few are willing to prescribe as not aware of it as a medication for hair loss. 

Ive a great deal of info on my site about the differences and types as well as if based in the UK how to obtain finasteride at affordable prices by a reliable GP in the UK for a private prescription here.  Dr Steven Edgar is the prescribing

https://www.spexhair.com/uk-finasteride-prescriptions/

Dr Edgar sir me this a while ago - There is be no difference in the amount of actual active medication and quality of the finasteride supplied whether generic or branded. It is all uk tested and approved. However if it is generic you may not get the same actual tablet or packaging each time. they may differ in terms of what coats the tablet and what the other ingredients may be for example lactose.

The branded 1mg medication propecia has a marketing authorisation and can be advertised for hair loss. The 5mg tablets do not have marketing authorisation and their use for hair loss is off license, it is safe and as effective however.I used to take 5mg Proscar prior to moving up to Dutasterdie.

You are required to cut the 5mg tablet into 5ths.  

His email is:  somccg.drsteveedgar@nhs.net

He is very informed and helpful GP who prescribes finasteride and dutasteride. I use him for my prescription.

Regards

Spex

 

 

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You are welcome.

Regards

Spex 

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On 4/18/2019 at 7:01 PM, ClarkKent77 said:

Hello, everyone. 

I'm about to start finasteride, and I have some questions:

1) Where should I get it? Doctors? Chemist? A hairloss clinic?

2) Are there different types? Name? Brand? Are there any benefits of going with name brands over the cheaper alternatives?

3) I would like to start with a "low" dose. How many mgs would qualify as low or high?

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. 


 

Hello,

1. You should get it from any chemist store and you should definitely take the Doctor's prescription. The medication is available everywhere and does not have to be from very specific clinics.

2. Finasteride shouldn't be expensive. I think the members in the forum from your country can help with the trusted brand names.

3. You can go for 1 mg every day when you start and then taper it to 2 mg a week after a year of finasteride consumption.

I have suggested the above according to my personal experience with the medication. And I did not face any hassle in procuring or taking the medication. 


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In the UK getting the actual prescription is the most difficult part as very few GPs are informed or willing to prescribe it. Speaking directly to an informed GP willing to prescribe is of great use. Try your own GP first as mentioned as they might be willing to help but experience has proven it can be tricky.  

Regards

Spex

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You are welcome. 

Regards

Spex

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On 4/22/2019 at 11:16 AM, spex said:

In the UK getting the actual prescription is the most difficult part as very few GPs are informed or willing to prescribe it. Speaking directly to an informed GP willing to prescribe is of great use. Try your own GP first as mentioned as they might be willing to help but experience has proven it can be tricky.  

Regards

Spex

Hi Spex. Can Finasteride be bought from India and bring back to UK?

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7 minutes ago, Looking for HT said:

Hi Spex. Can Finasteride be bought from India and bring back to UK?

I'll answer this one for Spex. Yes, it can, most patients opt for a years supply rather than the recommended 6 months. Dr Bhatti will issue you with a prescription for customs purposes but I'm yet to come across anyone who has been stopped and questioned.

The same applies for Minoxidil. Generally the cost in India is less than half of that in the UK.

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Just now, Shera said:

I'll answer this one for Spex. Yes, it can, most patients opt for a years supply rather than the recommended 6 months. Dr Bhatti will issue you with a prescription for customs purposes but I'm yet to come across anyone who has been stopped and questioned.

Thanks Shera

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5 hours ago, Looking for HT said:

Hi Spex. Can Finasteride be bought from India and bring back to UK?

In India, medications are like candies. You can purchase them like candies. And most people eat them like candies. And since most of us Indians, including the chemists, believe in "prescription, what's that?" principle, you can purchase a lifetime of Finax in a single go. 

But in all seriousness, do check the expiry date of the medicines if you take them in bulk from here.

Dr. Reddy's and Finpecia are two of the most loved brands. They should cost you approximately Rs. 250 for 30 tablets.

 

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Sorry I missed the question ! Thanks Shera.

Regards

Spex

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