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Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Hair Loss Treatment

Prevent and reverse the effects of Male Pattern Baldness with Propecia. Available on prescription from NationWide Pharmacies.

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Male Pattern Baldness

Male-pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss, affecting 6.5 million men in the UK. It generally starts with a little thinning of the hair, followed by wider hair loss, allowing more of the scalp to become visible. Around 50% of men will suffer some hair loss by the age of 50 and a majority of men will suffer some degree of hair loss at some point in their life.

Male-pattern baldness is not a disease, so it won’t affect your health, however, for a few men, this process starts as early as the late teens and can cause great emotional distress associated with a lack of self-esteem and, in some cases, depression.


Treatments can slow down the process, but there’s no cure. The two most effective treatments for male-pattern baldness (also called androgenetic alopecia) are minoxidil and finasteride. Other treatments for hair loss include wigs, hair transplants and plastic surgery procedures, such as scalp reduction.

NationWide Pharmacies provides private prescriptions for Propecia (finasteride) hair loss treatments


Propecia (Finasteride)

Propecia helps promote hair growth for men suffering from the onset of male pattern baldness. The active ingredient finasteride is a 5 alpha reductase inhibitor which works by reducing the levels of the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in the scalp and restoring a normal hair growth cycle. Clinical tests showed that two thirds of men that used the treatment saw a visible improvement in hair growth over a 2 year period and that 4 out 5 saw a decrease in hair loss.

Available Strengths: 1mg


Manufactured by Merck Sharp & Dohme

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Important Information

If you do see improvements and stop taking Propecia you will lose any hair gained using the treatment within a 12 month period. It is not known if Propecia works for a receding hairline on either side of and above your forehead (temporal area)

Propecia is for the treatment of male pattern baldness and as such should only be used by MEN ONLY and should NOT be used by women or children.

What causes male-pattern baldness?

Male-pattern baldness is a hereditary condition passed through family genetics. It is thought that the condition is caused by oversensitive hair follicles which are affected by the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is derived from the male hormone testosterone. If there is an imbalance, which causes too much DHT to be present the hair, the follicles undergo change making hair become thinner and reducing the growth rate of hair. The balding process is gradual starting with a receding hairline and then a thinning of the hair on the crown and temples.


Treatments for male pattern baldness:

Unfortunately there is no cure for male-pattern baldness as it is a natural process. However for people wanting to improve their appearance for cosmetic reasons can get a private prescription for finasteride. Studies have suggested finasteride can increase the number of hairs people have (hair count) and can also improve how people think their hair looks. It usually takes three to six months of continuously using finasteride before any effect is seen. The balding process usually resumes within 6 to 12 months if treatment is stopped. Side effects for finasteride are uncommon.


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