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Hello,

I've been thinking about taking Finasteride for the past 6 years and I haven't had the guts to even try it due to the stories I've read, mainly about the irreversible side effects. I am currently looking to sit for a second hair transplant and willing to give Finasteride a try since I've lost a lot of hair (almost a NW6). Where I live, there's a local brand selling Finasteride in 5 mg tablets so I would have to cut it into 4-5 pieces. 

For those who have tried both or who have researched both, is there any difference in the efficacy between both forms of Finasteride? 

Thanks 

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Just make sure that the manufacturer is reputable and made in a country like the US where it is regulated.


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If you get legit generic version, there’s no difference. But I’ve heard many claim that they saw a difference. I really believe this may be a result of under-dosed medication. Very popular on those online sites that don’t require a prescription.


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Never purchase the medication until you have discussed with a licensed physician, been diagnosed with MPB, and subsequently received a prescription.


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On 6/9/2020 at 10:27 PM, ADuckwithNoHair said:

No difference. I've been on the generic stuff and it's worked fine. The cost savings are massive

How long have you been on Finasteride? And have you experienced any side effects? 

 

On 6/10/2020 at 12:49 AM, gillenator said:

Just make sure that the manufacturer is reputable and made in a country like the US where it is regulated.

If it's Proscar by Merck, do you suggest that I go for it instead of Propecia? The cost savings are significant. 

On 6/13/2020 at 1:21 AM, gillenator said:

Never purchase the medication until you have discussed with a licensed physician, been diagnosed with MPB, and subsequently received a prescription.

I was prescribed Finasteride prior to my first transplant but did not end up using it. I consulted with another clinic for my second procedure (via a video call as well as images of my hair) and they also said that I should start Finasteride. Is there anything else in specific I need to check before proceeding? 

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I have been cutting Proscar (5 mg) tablets for several decades and it has worked just as efficiently for me as Propecia.

Propecia was just too expensive and my PCP provides my prescriptions for Proscar and guess what?...my health insurance picks up the full cost!


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On 6/18/2020 at 12:11 AM, gillenator said:

I have been cutting Proscar (5 mg) tablets for several decades and it has worked just as efficiently for me as Propecia.

Propecia was just too expensive and my PCP provides my prescriptions for Proscar and guess what?...my health insurance picks up the full cost!

I'll be trying Proscar and cutting it into 1 mg tablets starting next week. Have you had any noticeable side effects over the years? I'm approaching 30 and concerned about the side effects, especially when it comes to having children etc. 

I know the rule of thumb is 1 mg everyday but I would also like to ask whether I can start with 0.5 mg every other day (MWF). Do you think this is effective? Or should I go for 1 mg every other day? 

I really appreciate the feedback. 

 

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No, I never had any side-effect issues taking finasteride and I cut Proscar into 4 pieces and take it every other day...it has worked very well for me for several decades...the pieces do not cut evenly however IMHO, it makes no difference and still works well.

Always talk this over with your doctor regarding starting at a reduced dosage and as long as you have no side-effects, it can be gradually raised.


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Supporting Physicians:  Dr. Robert True & Dr. Robert Dorin, New York, NY

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