NB: Proscar is a Prescription Only Medicine. If you haven't already done so, you must first download, complete and email to firstname.lastname@example.org the following medical questionnaire:
Remote Prescribing Form (MS Word format, 360kb)
This will be then reviewed by a General Practitioner, who will approve the prescription, releasing the medicines or refer back for further information.
Proscar is an effective prescription only medicine for the treatment of male pattern baldness to slow and prevent further hair loss and increase hair growth. It is not licensed for use in women.
It's chemical name is Finasteride and has been used in hair loss for more than fifteen years. The longer it is used, the better results, as each year after the first twelve months, there continues to be a 2-3% improvement until a plateau is reached after five years. 80-90% of the best achievable result will be reached within 12-18 months. Proscar works by "blocking" the action of 5 Alpha 1 reductase which is an enzyme that makes Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) from Testosterone which is a primary cause of male pattern baldness, Proscar is not itself a hormone. In practice, crown and vertex hair responds best, temporal hair is unlikely to regrow. Only scalp hair responds to Proscar.
Normal Dosage: 1/2 tablet 3 times per week.
In terms of side effects; research has shown that there is a 1% chance of a change in a patient’s libido through the use of this drug.