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  • Adam4210
    Member
    • Sep 2009
    • 69

    Propecia vs Proscar

    Spencer asked me to post this question here so other user's can benefit from the answers.

    How much average is a prescription for proscar compared to propecia? Are they the exact same drug and will I get the same effect from both of them? I have heard about quartering the proscar pills because they come in 5mg. I was reading up on it and found out that propecia is recommended because you truly don't know the dosage you get when you quarter the pills and if they are equal. What is your take on this? I want to keep cost as minimal as possible. Thanks for all your help Spencer. I appreciate it.
  • SpencerKobren
    Administrator
    • Oct 2008
    • 398

    #2
    Originally posted by Adam4210
    Spencer asked me to post this question here so other user's can benefit from the answers.

    How much average is a prescription for proscar compared to propecia? Are they the exact same drug and will I get the same effect from both of them? I have heard about quartering the proscar pills because they come in 5mg. I was reading up on it and found out that propecia is recommended because you truly don't know the dosage you get when you quarter the pills and if they are equal. What is your take on this? I want to keep cost as minimal as possible. Thanks for all your help Spencer. I appreciate it.
    I don’t think there is any validity to the notion that “you don’t know how much you're getting” if you quarter the pills. The difference in dosage would be negligible in my opinion. My only concern is that you’re taking legitimate finasteride. This is why I always recommend going for the brand name drug.
    As far as cost, you can purchase 90 Proscar tablets for around $300 which will give you about a year’s supply if you quarter the tablets.

    Hope this helps.
    Spencer Kobren
    Founder, American Hair Loss Association
    Host, The Bald Truth Radio Show

    I am not a physician. My opinions and knowledge concerning hair loss and its treatment are based on extensive research and reporting on the subject as a consumer advocate and hair loss educator. My views and comments on the subject should not be taken as medical advice. Always seek the advice of a medical professional when considering medical and surgical treatment.

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    • hdude46
      Senior Member
      • Aug 2009
      • 143

      #3
      spencer, are you supposed to shed on proscar? I aksed you about this on 'mark th hasson wong thread' but never got a response.

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      • SpencerKobren
        Administrator
        • Oct 2008
        • 398

        #4
        Sorry I missed your other post.
        Shedding on finasteride is to be expected, but doesn't always happen.
        Spencer Kobren
        Founder, American Hair Loss Association
        Host, The Bald Truth Radio Show

        I am not a physician. My opinions and knowledge concerning hair loss and its treatment are based on extensive research and reporting on the subject as a consumer advocate and hair loss educator. My views and comments on the subject should not be taken as medical advice. Always seek the advice of a medical professional when considering medical and surgical treatment.

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        • Adam4210
          Member
          • Sep 2009
          • 69

          #5
          Originally posted by SpencerKobren
          I donít think there is any validity to the notion that ďyou donít know how much you're gettingĒ if you quarter the pills. The difference in dosage would be negligible in my opinion. My only concern is that youíre taking legitimate finasteride. This is why I always recommend going for the brand name drug.
          As far as cost, you can purchase 90 Proscar tablets for around $300 which will give you about a yearís supply if you quarter the tablets.

          Hope this helps.
          So are you recommending that I go with Propecia or will I achieve the same results with Proscar? Thank you very much for all your help Spencer.

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          • hdude46
            Senior Member
            • Aug 2009
            • 143

            #6
            Spencer, I'm not talking about the 'intial shed' I think you are referring to when starting treatment. I'm talking about finding hair on your hands when shampooing and in the comb just as much as you did before you started treatment.

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            • Dr. Glenn Charles
              IAHRS Recommended Hair Transplant Surgeon
              • Nov 2008
              • 2423

              #7
              Some initial shedding is possible with either Proscar or Propecia. They are the same ingredient and should lead to the same results. As long as the quarters of the proscar are around 1.25 mg you should be alright. I do not think that a little under or over would cause any harm. Hopefully, Finasteride will be available in a generic 1 mg tablet so we will not have to be concerned with this issue anymore. For now if money is a major issue than the Proscar cut into quarters is much better than nothing.
              Dr. Glenn Charles
              Member, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons
              View my IAHRS Profile

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              • hdude46
                Senior Member
                • Aug 2009
                • 143

                #8
                Dr, Charles thanks for your repl but I'm not quite sure you answered my question, which is twofold.

                1. Will generic proscar (dr. reddy's), which I obtain legitimately through a prescription at my local pharmacy be as effective as the brand name proscar (merck) (yes, i quarter the proscar)?

                2. I'm not talking about the intial shed, I'm talking about still shedding hairs even after you have been on it for awhile (several months). Is proscar supposed to cease or reduce shedding, because I feel like I am still shedding the same amount as before I started treatment. Hence, i'm asking if shedding amount has any correlation to the effectiveness of the drug b/c like I said its too early to tell if its working and was wondering if shedding amount was an indicator.

                thanks

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                • Dr. Glenn Charles
                  IAHRS Recommended Hair Transplant Surgeon
                  • Nov 2008
                  • 2423

                  #9
                  As long as Dr. Reddy's proscar is Finasteride I think it should have the same effectiveness as Propecia. Propecia or Proscar are supposed to slow down excessive shedding .However, I doubt that Merck would claim that the medication works for everyone. In my experience and what I tell patients is that they should give Propecia or Proscar 9-12 months to give it a fair chance to work. If after that time they are still seeing continued thinning then they might be in the small percentage of patients whom the medication does not work properly for.
                  Dr. Glenn Charles
                  Member, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons
                  View my IAHRS Profile

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                  • Adam4210
                    Member
                    • Sep 2009
                    • 69

                    #10


                    Any validity to that? I really am interested in getting on ProScar because its a lot cheaper and affordable. I don't want to spend the money if I am going to get more side effects and/or not treat for hair loss as well as Propecia does. What are your guys' thoughts on this? Thanks for all your help.

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                    • SpencerKobren
                      Administrator
                      • Oct 2008
                      • 398

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Adam4210
                      So are you recommending that I go with Propecia or will I achieve the same results with Proscar? Thank you very much for all your help Spencer.
                      Hey Adam,
                      What Iím saying is that finasteride is finasteride. If itís the real deal, whether itís s sold as Propecia or Proscar you will see the same benefits if you respond well to the drug.
                      Spencer Kobren
                      Founder, American Hair Loss Association
                      Host, The Bald Truth Radio Show

                      I am not a physician. My opinions and knowledge concerning hair loss and its treatment are based on extensive research and reporting on the subject as a consumer advocate and hair loss educator. My views and comments on the subject should not be taken as medical advice. Always seek the advice of a medical professional when considering medical and surgical treatment.

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                      • SpencerKobren
                        Administrator
                        • Oct 2008
                        • 398

                        #12
                        Originally posted by hdude46
                        Spencer, I'm not talking about the 'intial shed' I think you are referring to when starting treatment. I'm talking about finding hair on your hands when shampooing and in the comb just as much as you did before you started treatment.
                        Ideally a slow down of the shedding would indicate that youíre responding well to the drug, but I have known guys who continue to shed, but seem to maintain their hair over the years.
                        Spencer Kobren
                        Founder, American Hair Loss Association
                        Host, The Bald Truth Radio Show

                        I am not a physician. My opinions and knowledge concerning hair loss and its treatment are based on extensive research and reporting on the subject as a consumer advocate and hair loss educator. My views and comments on the subject should not be taken as medical advice. Always seek the advice of a medical professional when considering medical and surgical treatment.

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                        • Adam4210
                          Member
                          • Sep 2009
                          • 69

                          #13
                          Originally posted by SpencerKobren
                          Hey Adam,
                          What Iím saying is that finasteride is finasteride. If itís the real deal, whether itís s sold as Propecia or Proscar you will see the same benefits if you respond well to the drug.
                          Thank you. Any chance you browse over that article I linked at the end of the 1st page? And with Proscar. Is there any chance of re-growth or does it just dramatically slow down the rate of your hair loss? Thanks again so much for all your help. I appreciate it.

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                          • baldesswonder
                            Member
                            • Dec 2012
                            • 50

                            #14
                            I actually had more success with proscar. Where do you buy it? I been buying it without a prescription at http://www.allneededpills.com

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                            • dueza
                              Junior Member
                              • Sep 2014
                              • 10

                              #15
                              I'm still not sure if i want to shell out the money for even proscar. I may go all natural with this book http://hairgrowthcure.com and just see what its all about

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