How it Works?
- Just €25
- 100% no quibble money back guarantee
- Online consultations with Irish doctors
- Prescription sent to your chosen pharmacy via secure email (Healthmail) within minutes of approval
- Our doctors will issue a 6 month prescription for Finasteride (Proprecia, Fintrid, Proscar) if medically safe and suitable
- Valid in any Irish pharmacy to buy your medication
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What causes male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness is perfectly normal and a natural effect of the male sex hormone Testosterone.
How common is male pattern baldness?
30% of men under 30 and 40% of men at the age of 35 have some degree of hair loss. This rises to 60% at age 60.
What should I do if I am affected by male pattern baldness?
While this is a common, normal and natural hormonal effect, some men can find this hair loss distressing. If a man’s self esteem is affected by this, then it may be best that to chat with their GP or with a counsellor particularly and especially if there are other issues affecting him.
Are there prescription only treatments available for hair loss?
if hair loss is the only cause of distress, treatment can help. Take for example the hair loss treatment Propecia (active ingredient is Finasteride). Although it will not recover any significant hair lost to Male Pattern Baldness, it will pause or stop any further hair loss in the majority of patients for the duration of time that the treatment is taken.
Can I get Propecia in Ireland?
The Propecia brand is licensed for sale and is available in the UK and costs over £330 (€420) for a 6 month supply, however it is not available in Ireland in this form. The same active ingredient is used to treat prostate problems in men at much higher dosages. Some Doctors use this formulation for the treatment of male pattern hair loss by prescribing it on the basis of taking a quarter of a tablet daily (the tablet can be cut into quarters using a tablet cutter which can be bought in any Pharmacy). This is known as prescribing the medicine in an “off-licence” manner. This prescription for the medication (that contains the same active ingredient in Propecia is called Fintrid or Proscar) and the cost is far lower than Propecia.
How much will it cost?
Webdoctor offers online prescriptions for hair loss if medically safe and suitable. The cost of Webdoctor consultations for Hair Loss cost €25. The Fintrid medication itself costs around €40 for a 6 month supply, with the only requirement being you need to use a pill-cutter to cut the pill into quarters (and be careful of handling it before you take it – specifically women must avoid handling any cut up pills). This makes the treatment a lot cheaper than is currently available and works out at a little over €6 a month, a fraction of the hundreds of Euros some sellers are charging.
What are the possible side effects?
With this treatment, it is important to mention that some men can have side effects such as decreased libido (sex drive) and erectile dysfunction. Clinical studies have shown these side effects occur in a small percentage of patients and while these usually are temporary, they can be a cause of distress to some men. There are several websites where some users have expressed their concerns about this treatment and the negative effects it has had for them. While not doubting they testimony, the published clinical studies have shown that such negative effects occur in a small number of patients who should stop using the treatment immediately if they have these side effects. All clinical published studies show these side effects go away soon after treatment is stopped.
What does “off licence use” of a medicine mean?
In Ireland, every medicine must have a licence for its specified use issued by the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority. However some medicines have a therapeutic effect outside of their intended use. For example codeine is used as a powerful pain reliever. This is the use for which it is licensed. However it was known that Codeine also caused the bowel to become sluggish sand cause constipation. Therefore when a person suffered from watery diarrhoea, codeine was prescribed for this therapeutic effect and this is what is known as an “off licence” use.
How do I use Fintrid Finasteride for hair loss?
Your prescription will be for a quantity of 46 of the 5mg strength of tablet. These tablets are then cut into quarters using a tablet cutter (available from your Pharmacist for less than €5) and one quarter tablet is taken each day.
How can I apply for Finasteride on Webdoctor?
Webdoctor offers an online only consultation for hair loss for only €25.
If our doctors do not consider you suitable for treatment, we will refund the full amount.
The information that you provide is covered by the same patient-doctor confidentiality as in a normal face to face consultation.
We have a simple questionnaire that can be completed in under one minute.
If medically suitable, your prescription will be sent to your chosen pharmacy via secure email (Healthmail) within minutes of approval.
Frequently Asked Questions on Our Service
What causes male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness is perfectly normal and very common. Many men will experience hair loss to some extent, and it is often down to the genes they inherit. However, certain medications and some medical conditions and illnesses can also cause hair loss for men.
How common is male pattern baldness?
Hair loss is extremely common. In fact, 30% of men under 30 and 40% of men at the age of 35 will have experienced hair loss to some extent. This rises to 60% at the age of 60.
What hair loss treatment options do you offer?
If hair loss is causing you distress, we can help. Webdoctor.ie offers online prescriptions for a hair loss treatment called Finasteride for as little as €25. This treatment can help stop further hair loss. It is worth noting that the treatment is only effective as long as you are taking the medication, and it will not recover any significant hair already lost.
Can Webdoctor.ie give me a prescription for Propecia?
Propecia is a popular hair loss treatment, and thise brand is licensed for use in the UK. Unfortunately, this brand is not licensed in Ireland in this form, but other treatments use the same active ingredient (Finasteride). For instance, both Fintrid and Proscar medications contain this active ingredient and they are available in Ireland.
Finasteride is typically used to treat prostate problems at much higher doses but can be used to treat hair loss in men in an “off-license” manner. This means that doctors can prescribe both Fintrid and Proscar on the basis of taking a quarter of a tablet daily. To do this, you can cut the tablet into quarters using a tablet cutter (available at any pharmacy). The cost of these medications is significantly lower than Propecia. A licensed 1mg version of Finasteride is also now available on the Irish market and can also be requested.
What does “off-licence” use of medicine mean?
Every medicine must have a licence for its specified use, issued by the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority. However, some medications have additional therapeutic uses, outside of their intended use. For instance, medications like Fintrid and Proscar are licensed to treat prostate problems in men, but when used in lower doses it can help prevent hair loss. Therefore, prescribing Fintrid and Proscar to treat hair loss in men is known as an “off-licence” use of these medicines.
What are the possible side effects of this treatment?
It is important to note that some men may experience side effects, such as decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. However, clinical studies have shown that these side effects occur in a small percentage of patients and are usually temporary. All published clinical studies show that side effects go away soon after treatment is stopped. If you experience any side effects whilst using this treatment, please stop using it immediately and contact your doctor.
How do I use Finasteride for hair loss?
Firstly, you must fill out a short medical questionnaire. One of our doctors will then review your information and issue a prescription if clinically appropriate. We will securely send your prescription directly to an Irish pharmacy of your choice.
Each prescription will be for a quantity of 46 of the 5 mg strength tablets. You will then need to cut each tablet into quarters using a tablet cutter (these are available in every pharmacy). You will need to take only one-quarter of a tablet each day. You may also specifically request the 1mg Finasteride tablets if you prefer this option. Please let us know by sending a message on your secure patient account.
Webdoctor.ie offers this online prescription service for just €25. Don’t worry, if you’re not medically suitable for this treatment we will refund the full amount.
How to reduce hair loss in men?
Finasteride is an effective hair loss treatment for male patients and it can help prevent further hair loss due to male pattern baldness. However, the treatment is only effective for as long as it is taken. It is also worth noting that this treatment cannot restore or reverse any hair already lost.
Dr. Sylvester Mooney
BSc, LRCS & PI, MB, BCh, BAO, DObs, DCH, DFSRH(RCOG)