My grandfather was bald by the time he was twenty. But I kept my hair full(ish) until my thirties. And I don’t want to lose what I’ve got left.
Modern medicine has created several, successful, medicines that help you keep your hair. Unfortunately, I don’t really want to have to go to the doctor’s office, pay a copay, visit the pharmacy and then pay again.
That’s where an idea that my friend Alex had comes into play. He found out that there are companies that will give you a real doctor’s visit online – and then ship the medicine you need right to your door. And usually all for less than the cost of your co-pay!
Two new online options to keep your hair
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How these websites get you prescription hair loss medicine
Each of these sites offers licensed physicians who will evaluate you and then prescribe Finasteride (the generic version of the hair loss medicine Propecia®) if you are a good candidate for the medicine.
First, you fill out a series of forms that ask you questions about your health and hair loss. Then, a doctor evaluates your responses and, if necessary, will call or chat with you online. Finally, once you are approved, the medicine will be discreetly shipped to your home.
No co-pays, visits to doctors or waiting in line at the pharmacy!
Does it work?
It does work for most men!
These companies prescribe Finasteride. Sometimes referred to as “fin” in online forums or more commonly by the brand names it’s been sold under previously (“Propecia” or “Proscar”), finasteride for hair loss is typically prescribed in a 1mg pill taken daily.
Finasteride requires a prescription from a real doctor, but isn’t a new drug. Men have been taking it and seeing hair regrowth for decades.
It works by blocking DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a hormone derived from testosterone that is known to shrink hair follicles and cause male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia).
Several studies have shown that the Finasteride slows hair loss and can even begin to regrow hair. Three double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled Phase III studies of the drug demonstrated that finasteride treatment led to a significant improvement in hair growth and slowing of further hair loss progression, while placebo-treated men showed significant hair loss.
Two great options
Who is it for?
First of all, these services are only for men. The active ingredients in these drugs may not be appropriate for women. They also may not work for everyone. You can read about possible Finasteride side effects on Hims’ blog. The doctors from these two services will help you decide if this is a good treatment for your hair loss.