If you’re a man suffering from male pattern baldness, you might like to know about a new treatment on the market.
It’s called Propecia.
In a study of 1,800 men, it was shown to effective in 90% of cases, with positive effects seen within three to six months.
What is Propecia?
Propecia is a prescription only treatment for men who suffer from male pattern baldness. It reduces the effect of hormones on hair follicles, and has been known to prevent and sometimes reverse hair loss. It comes in the form of a tablet which you take once a day.
Are there any side-effects?
Yes. According to this report, breast cancer has been reported in men taking finasteride, the active ingredient in Propecia, during clinical trials and in the post-marketing period. The report advises men to promptly report any changes in their breast tissue such as lumps, pain, gynaecomastia or nipple discharge to their doctor.
Is Propecia available on the NHS?
No. You can’t get Propecia from the NHS. But you can request it from licensed and regulated UK healthcare services like LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor.
How do you do that?
Before granting your request, you’ll go through a consultation session with a qualified doctor. In the case of LloydsPharmacy, this takes the form of an online medical questionnaire.
The purpose of the questionnaire is to discover more about the history of your hair loss. It asks you a set of questions about the way your hair is receding, how long you’ve experienced hair loss, whether it’s a sudden or gradual loss and your overall medical condition.
After you’ve completed the form, you’re taken to a checkout to place your order. Before the order gets approved, a London-based doctor reads your answers to evaluate your suitability for treatment. If successful, your order is despached.
You can arrange for Same-Day Collection at a local pharmacy or you can have the treatment sent to your home.
How much does the treatment cost?
Propecia comes in four different size packs designed to last for a set period of time. The basic pack lasts for four weeks and the largest pack last for 24 weeks. The other two packs last for eight and 12 weeks respectively. As you might expect, the more you buy, the cheaper they are.
Here’s a breakdown of the costs:
- 4 Week Pack : £48 (£1.71 per pill)
- 8 Week Pack : £95 (£1.70 per pill)
- 12 Week Pack : £130 (£1.54 per pill)
- 24 Week Pack : £189 (£1.10 per pill)
As the treatment can take three months or more to be effective, you might prefer to order the larger packs.