Your #1 source for hair loss information and clinically proven treatments
Finasteride 1 mg
Finasteride 1 mg is the first and only prescription pill to be FDA approved for treating hair loss. The generic name for the drug is Finasteride and it is a 1 mg pill that is taken orally once a day. When first released in the market its brand name was Propecia, made by Merck. Finasteride 1mg has been clinically proven to work on the vertex (back of head) and the anterior mid-scalp area (top of head towards the front). It is not indicated for the hairline, but some people are successful at stopping recession in the front while on this medication.
Finasteride works by suppressing the Type II 5a-reductase enzyme from converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone or DHT. If you recall from the All about hair loss section, Type II is the 5a-reductase enzyme found in hair follicles and DHT is what causes the hair follicle to shrink and lie dormant. By stopping the conversion of testosterone into DHT you decrease the levels of DHT in the hair follicle, which stops the hair loss and stimulates regrowth.
The downside of this medication is the potential side effects. It has sexually related side effects such as erection problems, decreased semen, and a decreased sex drive. The other two off label use prescriptions listed on this site (Avodart and Proscar) have similar side effects. Also, this treatment is for men only. Finasteride has been linked to birth defects in women of child bearing age, and women should not even handle this medication if the pill broke or cracked. However, in recent years doctors have started using Finasteride with females that are in their menopausal years. With any hair loss treatment, and especially a treatment that is in pill form, it is recommended to discuss the pros and cons with your doctor before starting on this medication.
Finasteride 1 mg is a prescription medication and must be written by your doctor and dispensed by a registered pharmacy in the United States. Beware of any websites that allows you to purchase Finasteride 1mg without a prescription and not dispensed by a U.S. registered pharmacy. I have partnered with Precision Rx in Lake Mary, Florida, and we only sell Finasteride 1mg that is FDA approved and cleared by the FDA for sale in the United States.
Purchasing a 90-day supply of Finasteride 1mg is a two-step process. Step 1: order and pay for the product on this website. Step 2: Click on the below link and print out the order form and have your doctor fill out the prescription and fax it to Precision Rx, which is listed on the form. Once we have the prescription from your doctor, I will confirm that payment has been made and then Precision Rx will ship your order. We offer full refunds for consumers that order the product from us but are then unable to get a prescription from their doctor. Any questions, just ask.
My experience and opinion on this product: I started using this product from the first day it was made available, which was over 20 years ago. As you will read in my hair loss story, this product stopped my hair loss for years, but eventually became less effective and I had to add other treatments to my hair loss protocol. No medicine works forever. The downside of this medicine is the potential side effects, which are real. I personally never had an issue with side effects on the 1mg dosage, but I did have erection problems on the other two pills I discuss on this website. I also have numerous customers that had to stop taking Finasteride because of the negative side effects and for some of them the negative effects never went away even after stopping the medicine. There has been numerous lawsuits with the original maker because of it.
There are a few websites out there that sell Finasteride and they have a network of doctors that will do a phone consult with you so you can get a prescription instead of seeing your own doctor. However, I highly recommend going to your own doctor for your prescription and care when using this treatment because, in speaking from experience, if you have an issue it is much better to see your doctor in person than it is to speak with a doctor that has never evaluated you in person.
Yes, it is nice being able to simply take one pill a day to stop hair loss but for some it comes at a high price, so please discuss it with your own doctor. One of the nice things about using a topical formulation, like 4hairlossMen or one of the other topical products I sell, is the worst side effect is scalp irritation and not erection problems like Finasteride can cause.
Price is for a 90-day supply. No international sales, only ships to United States and you must have a prescription from your doctor.
Click here to download and print the order form (PDF) to be filled out by your prescribing doctor.
Best Price Guarantee: Find the identical item for a lower price (from an authorized U.S. Pharmacy) within 30 days of your purchase and we will match the price. Just send us a copy of the ad and we will refund you the difference.