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Generic Finasteride

generic finasteride

Finasteride

Finasteride (Proscar, Propecia) is an inexpensive drug used for the treatment of hair loss and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Proscar (finasteride 5 mg) is used to treat BPH, and Propecia (finasteride 1 mg) is used for hair loss. Generic finasteride is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans for BPH, but not for hair loss, so pharmacy coupons may be lower. The lowest GoodRx price for the most common version of finasteride is around $8.08, 90% off the average retail price of $85.67. Compare 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.

Finasteride 1mg (Nongeneric = Propecia)

In November 2013, US-based Merck’s patent on hair loss drug Propecia (made up of Finasteride 1mg) finally expired.  Thereafter, numerous generic versions of Finasteride 1mg have come into the US market at a small fraction of the cost of Propecia.  I assume the same is true in other countries and blog readers are free to post their findings in the comments to this post.  Today, I called or visited a few major pharmacies in the US to get more information on the cost and country of origin of manufacture of these generic drugs, as well as to find out the name of the company that manufactures these products.

If I buy a generic drug, at the very least, I want to check out information on the company that is manufacturing the product and try to make sure that the company has not been frequently cited for bad practices or worse.  Several pharmacists I talked to were uncertain about whether a company made or just packaged these products, but I tried to check my findings online and hopefully there are no errors in the below table.

Can I Buy Generic Propecia?

Yes. Finasteride, or generic Propecia, is available for the treatment of male pattern hair loss. A generic version of the drug called Aindeem, manufactured by Actavis, is also available. In addition to male pattern baldness, the drug finasteride treats benign prostatic hyperplasia (known also as BPH or enlarged prostate). There are two different doses of finasteride, depending on what it is being used to treat: 1mg is used in hair loss whereas 5mg is used in BPH. If you are buying medication online, it is therefore very important to make sure the dose you are using is the right one, and that you use a service where your case is checked by a doctor.

What is the difference between Propecia and Finasteride?

Propecia is the branded name for finasteride 1mg. It was developed for hair loss by Merck Sharp & Dohme (also known as MSD), and was granted approval by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1997. (Proscar, the branded version of finasteride 5mg used in BPH, was also developed by MSD, and released prior to this.) Generic finasteride 1mg tablets contain the same active ingredient as Propecia, in the same amounts. They are prescribed for the same purpose.

The non-active (or excipient) ingredients of a generic drug, such as the coating, may sometimes be different to the branded version. This may in some cases slightly alter the way the drug is taken up in the body. However, generics in the vast majority of cases will have the same clinical properties as their branded counterparts.

Can Finasteride cure my hair loss?

It will work to reduce the levels of DHT while it is being taken. In doing this, finasteride can help to slow down the rate of hair loss; and while it wouldn’t be entirely clinically accurate to refer to finasteride or Propecia as a ‘hair growth tablet’, some patients have reported hair regrowth when using the medicine. However, when someone stops using finasteride, their DHT levels are likely to eventually return to normal. Consequently, their normal rate of hair loss will recommence, usually within 6-12 months.

Can I buy Finasteride tablets online?

Yes. Generic finasteride tablets for hair loss are available to buy from online pharmacies. It remains important to consult with your own doctor before using hair loss treatment such as finasteride or Propecia for the first time. They will be able to assess your case and give you advice on which is the most suitable, taking into account your medical history.

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