When I was 18 I talked to my parents about my rapidly receding hairline, and they were nice enough to take me to the doctor to get a prescription to Propecia. It felt really good to start taking it because I was desperate to stop my hair loss.
This product can take anywhere between 3 and 6 months to show any results, so be prepared to wait a little while before anything happens with your hair.
Propecia is the best product that I have ever used. I have definitely had the best results and most success with Propecia, so I definitely recommend it.
Within a few months my hair loss stopped, and a few months after that I noticed that some of my hair was actually coming back. That was a great feeling. Losing my hair in my late teens and early twenties was super embarrassing to me, so I was thrilled that it was getting better.
They list some pretty serious side effects with Propecia/Finasteride, but luckily for me I have not had any. My man parts still seem to be working fine which was a huge relief to me. I know someone who tried Propecia, and wound up with some stomach issues. They stopped taking it after a couple months. That is the only actual side effect that I have heard from someone that I personally know who took Propecia. I had another friend take it without any issues.
My wife and I had our first kiddo about a year ago, so I made sure to ask my doctor about taking Propecia/Finasteride while we were trying to get pregnant. He assured me that there would not be any issues caused by my Propecia use. Thankfully he was right, and my son is just fine.
My doctor typically wants to do blood work on me every couple years to make sure that I am not having any crazy side effects. This is something that you should be mentally prepared for. I have a pretty serious needle phobia, so I really hate having blood work done. Thankfully I have been on Propecia/Finasteride for 12 years without any negative effects.
Health insurance will not help with this drug because they consider it to be a cosmetic issue when taken for hair loss. Propecia ran me anywhere between $70 and $90 a month from the Walmart or Sams pharmacy, so it definitely is not cheap.
A couple years ago my doctor told me that he had a couple patients getting the 5 mg Finasteride pills and cutting them into fourths. The generic Finasteride is WAAAAAYYYYYY cheaper than the name brand Propecia, so I went ahead and tried it. I have been taking the generic for about a year and a half now, and I have not noticed any difference.
The generic Finasteride comes in a 4 month supply (30 5mg pills that you cut into fourths, so 120 doses), and it has been costing me between $6 and $11 per 30 pills. This factors out to somewhere between $1.50 and $2.75 per month. So that is a giant savings compared to the $70 to $90 per month that you will pay for name brand Propecia.
Yeah, cutting the pills into fourths isn’t that cool, but it’s worth it to me. I just cut 4 or 5 pills at a time, so I only have to mess with that once every 16 or 20 days.
So the main point of this review is that Propecia/Finasteride has been the best weapon in my anti-balding arsenal. If you are looking for a good option to help with your hair loss, definitely talk to your doctor about Propecia or the generic Finasteride.