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So I called my hair transplant surgeon and requested finasteride. I asked for Proscar, he refused and gave me a prescription for Propecia. I got it filled at CVS. It cost $97 for a 30 day supply??!! My jaw dropped! For the folks that are currently on Propecia, where do you buy your hair loss medication? Online? What is a trustworthy site to get Propecia cheaper?
We prescribe generic Proscar (5mg finasteride) for baldness at our practice and instruct patients to quarter the tablet. We also direct them to Wal-Mart for the cheapest price. They have a “one-price-for-all-generic-meds” policy and their wholesale source is a reliable manufacturer of generics.
Some of the doctors who still insist on prescribing Propecia in its brand-name, 1mg form will say that the amount in each quarter of the 5mg tablet broken up will be different. But, it doesn’t matter because, while each quarter averages 1.2mg (more than the 1mg in the Propecia tablet), Merck’s own studies showed a significant decrease in DHT with only 0.2mg a day dose, which is less than one-sixth of a quarter tablet’s medication. So, even if there is some slight variation from quarter tab to quarter tab, there is a huge cushion that insures you get enough.
The medication works for around 3 days in the body, so my routine has been to recommend a quarter tablet every other day for men under 30 and Monday-Wednesday-Friday (3 days a week) dosage schedule for those over 30. I don’t tend to recommend it for men over 50, but will if they ask about it.
Dr. Mike Beehner, M.D.
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