How can I get generic Propecia/finasteride?
September 8, 2012 7:11 PM Subscribe
How can I get a prescription for generic Propecia (finasteride) without a lot of doctor's visits?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My hair on one of my temples has been thinning slowly for about a year and a half. My family doctor said my thyroid is functioning fine, so it is likely male pattern baldness (family history would also confirm). Her knowledge of hair loss products is lacking, and she is not willing to prescribe me generic Propecia (5 mg finasteride). Propecia (1 mg) is too expensive for me. I've seen lots of forums and sites where users/patients divide the 5 mg finasteride tablets into 4 and use that as a lower-cost Propecia. I don't have significant hair loss at this point, and I feel this would be a better option than Rogaine (which I have an unused tube of, never tried) which doesn't help with the cause, just regrowth. I don't have strong health insurance, and doctor's visits are not covered by it. I can make a visit here and there, but it isn't cost effective. I would like to avoid overseas pharmacies if possible.
So what should I try? Would appreciate if the answers weren't about side effects (I'll weigh that in at some point) or things like "oh, there's nothing wrong with being bald" (not saying there is, but would rather have my hair). Let's focus on the question.