I am a hair loss sufferer seeking hair loss help. I was told that finasteride can help combat hair loss and is FDA approved. Should I be taking Propecia or Proscar?
Thank you for your inquiry.
Propecia and Proscar contain the same active ingredient finasteride which has been FDA approved as a hair loss treatment. Therefore, you can take either however, it is important to take finasteride in the right dosage.
The recommended dosage of finasteride is 1mg. Propecia is more convenient to take because it only contains 1mg and is ready to take in its current pill form. Propecia however, also costs a lot more than Proscar.
Many hair restoration physicians however, suggest to hair loss sufferers to buy Proscar in order to save money, prescribing them to take 1/4 pill of Proscar per day which ends up being approximately 1.25 mg per day. Proscar tablets however, do not distribute the finasteride evenly so some days you may be taking more of the hair loss medication than others. The Proscar pill therefore, must be divided into four parts in order to take the recommended dosage. I strongly recommend purchasing a pill splitter which will assist in cutting the pill evenly. The cost of a pill splitter is typically only a few dollars and is available in any local pharmacy.
Keep in mind that with any medication, that it is extremely important to consult with a medical doctor and get their medical advice. It is extremely important to learn about the benefits, risks, and limitations that go along with finasteride before determining if it is right for you.
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