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ABOUT YOU AND YOUR SYMPTOMS

Are you male and aged between 18-65?

How long have you been experiencing hair loss?

Is your hair loss happening in patches?

Was your hair loss sudden and/or unexplained?

Is your hair loss caused by medication?

Do you have any itchiness or scarring or skin changes in the area where you are experiencing hair loss?

Have you ever experienced

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained fever
  • Itchy scalp
  • Red scalp
  • Unexplained changes in your bowel habits

ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

Have you had your blood pressure checked in the last 6 months?

You will need to have your blood pressure checked regularly whilst taking this medication (at least every 6 months)

Click here to find out more about blood pressure testing.

Was it within normal range? (Between 90/60-140/90)

Do you have any allergies to any medication or substances?

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Are you taking any medication, or have you recently finished a course of medication?

This includes medication prescribed by your doctor, bought in the pharmacy or online, herbal supplements, recreations drugs

This includes tablets, patches, inhalers, injections, contraception and all other forms of medication

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Have you ever suffered from any of the following?  

  • Mental illness such as depression
  • Male Breast cancer
  • Kidneys disease
  • Liver disease
  • Urinary system disease
  • Prostate cancer

Do you suffer from any other medical problems?

This also includes previous admissions to the hospital or any surgeries

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Do you have a family history of any medical conditions?

Do any medical conditions run in the family? Such as heart problems, diabetes, blood disorders etc?

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW

I am aware that it can sometimes take up to 6 months to notice improvements in hair loss and that I should stop treatment if I have not noticed a reduction in hair loss after using this treatment for 6 months.

I am aware that there have been occasional reports of depression and suicidal thoughts with this treatment. If these occur, I should stop treatment and consult a doctor urgently

I understand that this medication can be very harmful in pregnancy

  • I understand that I need to wear a condom for sex as this medication can be excreted in seamen
  • I understand that anyone who is or may be pregnant should not handle crushed or broken tablets of this medication as it can be absorbed through the skin.

I understand there is some data suggesting there is a very small risk that this medication could possibly increase the risk of developing male breast cancer and prostate cancer.

  • I will promptly inform my doctor if I notice changes in my breast tissue such as pain, lumps, changes to the skin around the breast, discharge from the nipple
  • I will promptly inform my doctor if I notice a loss of libido or problems with ejaculation

AGREEMENT

We strongly recommend that you inform your GP of any treatment you receive. Would you like e-Surgery to do this in your behalf?

Please write the name of your GP surgery below if you want us to let them know.

This will ensure that any new medication started by your GP will not interact with this treatment.

Answer ‘no’ if you do not want us to inform your GP

I agree to the following

  • I am 18 years of age or older
  • This treatment is for my use only
  • I confirm that I have understood all the questions asked and have answered all questions to the best of my knowledge.
  • I have read the patient information leaflet supplied with this medication
  • I will contact e-Surgery and inform my GP if I experience any side effects from this treatment or if there are any changes to my health
  • I have answered all questions truthfully and accurately.

I have read, understood and agree to abide by terms and conditions and privacy policy and cookie policy of e-Surgery

Finasteride

Finasteride is a medication that prevents the effects of male pattern baldness. It works to reduce the effects of the hormone DHT, which is implicated in male hair loss.

Please choose your desired treatment below, fill out a short 2-min questionnaire and one of our GPs will make sure this is safe for you to take. All prices include the cost of a private prescription.

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Important Facts About Finasteride

Most frequent questions and answers about Finasteride as a hair loss treatment

Finasteride is a medication that precents the effects of male pattern baldness. It works to reduce the effects of the hormone DHT, which is associated with male hair loss.

Finasteride is for men aged 18-41, and is used to treat male pattern hair loss. 

As the hormone DHT contibutes to the shortening of the growth phase of hair and to the thining of the hair, Finasteride targets this and inhibits this to prevent these effects.

You should NOT take Finasteride if:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • You are a woman

If you are unsure of any of these, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice. 

As with any form of medication, Finasteride tablets have side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Finasteride.  Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Finasteride tablets:

  • Lower Libido
  • Erection difficulty
  • Ejaculation issues
  • Depression

For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Finasteride.

You should promptly report to your doctor if you notice any changes in your breast tissue.

Changes can include: lumps, pain, enlargement or nipple discharger – As these may be signs of a serious condition.

No, Finasteride is for use in men only.

If you are pregnant and have come into contact with Finasteride, this may cause a male baby to be born with abnormalities in sex organs.

Always take Finasteride exactly as described in the leaflet or as your doctor/pharmacist has told you. If you are unsure, check with your doctor or pharmacist. 

The recommended dose is one tablet each day, which can be taken with or without food. 

It is important to complete your treatment regime as determined by your doctor. 

If you forget to take Finasteride, do not double dose.

if you have taken too many Finasteride tablets, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Taking more Finasteride than prescribed will not make the drug work faster or better. 

Keep Finasteride tablets out of the reach and sight of children.

Finasteride tablets do not require any special storage conditions.

Finasteride should not be used after its expiry date, which is tated on the label/carton/bottle after EXP.

It may take 3 to 6 months for the full effect to develop. 

It is important to continue taking Finasteride as long as your doctor tells you. 

If you stop taking Finasteride, you are likely to lose the hair you have gained within 9-12 months.

Click here for a PDF copy of the patient information leaflet

Learn More About Hair Loss

Most frequent questions and answers hair loss

Hair loss is a natural process associated with ageing. However, when this becomes excessive it can be a sign of a condition called male pattern baldness. 

Hair loss is most commonly caused by genetics (inherited from your parents), and male pattern baldness is always inherited. 

Other hair loss conditions such as alopecia are caused by an autoimmune problem.

There is currently no way to prevent this genetic disorder, and also no cure.

Medications containing finasteride or minoxidil have been found to reduce or stop hair loss. The effect of these treatments only last as long as the treatment is being taken. 

Androgenetic alopecia is a medical term for male pattern baldness. It occurs when a males hair follicles become overly sensitive to male sex hormones. The follicles then shrink and eventually stop growing hair.

Other alopecia conditions are thought to be caused by an autoimmune disease.

Finasteride inhibits the conversion of testosterone to DHT, which slows or even reverses the hair loss process.


No. There is currently no definitive cure for male pattern baldness.

There are a variety of treatment options available, the most common being finasteride. When taking finasteride you should continue taking the full course as if you stop taking finasteride, you will probably lose any hair gained.

You can find out more information about erectile dysfunction on a variety of websites. These include the NHS website and WebMD.

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