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Finasteride 5mg vs 1mg: How to Save 80% on your Finasteride Prescription

Finasteride 5mg vs 1mg

Finasteride 5mg vs 1mg: How to Save 80% on your Finasteride Prescription

Finasteride - it's one of the most effective hair loss treatments you can buy to prevent hair loss and regrow hair. Hair loss patients ask us frequently, how much does finasteride cost per month? The typical answer is $47/month for generic finasteride 1mg, and brand name Propecia costing even more. However, it turns out you can buy finasteride for much cheaper, and Essential Clinic can help you get it.

Finasteride 5mg vs 1mg (Proscar vs Propecia)

Finasteride pills come in 5mg and 1mg doses, also known as Proscar and Propecia. Finasteride 5mg is a medication originally developed as a treatment men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), whereas finasteride 1mg was developed to treat men with hair loss.

For unclear reasons (most likely due to the fact that cosmetic treatments are generally pricier than medically necessary treatments), drug manufacturers decided to price 5mg pills similarly to 1mg pills. This cost-effectiveness is further increased by the ability to split a 5mg pill into 1.25mg quarters using a pill cutter, thus reducing the cost of each dose. This is a great way to save money on your hair loss treatment.

Finasteride 5mg vs 1mg Cost

Each 5mg pill costs $1.96, while each 1mg pill costs $1.59. If you quarter the 5mg pill, your cost of each 1.25mg dose would be 49 cents! This means your total cost of finasteride would come down to $14.99/month.

1.25mg vs 1mg Dose

You may be wondering, but I thought the dose for hair loss was 1mg/day? Shouldn't I cut the pill into fifths?

Well, the truth is, each finasteride pill is already really small. Cutting the pill into fifths is too difficult and would crush the pill into powder. 1.25mg is proven to be just as safe and effective as the 1mg, so there is no benefit in cutting the pill into fifths.

When you're cutting the pills, don't worry too much about cutting into exactly 4 equal parts. Finasteride accumulates in your scalp over time so it's okay if the pieces are not cut equally, as long as you keep taking 1 piece a day.

It's also best to only cut up 1-2 pills at a time. Cutting up too many pills in advance will cause the active ingredient to deteriorate faster.

It's important to note that cut up pills should never be handled by pregnant women, as this can cause birth defects.

How to Buy Finasteride 5mg in Canada

At Essential Clinic, we're all about choice and giving you the most affordable options. That's why we give you the option of being prescribed finasteride 5mg or 1mg. If you want to save money and are comfortable using a pill cutter, go with the 5mg. If you just want to take a pill daily without the extra hassle, go with the 1mg.

To make things more convenient, a free pill cutter is included in your order when you buy finasteride 5mg from Essential Clinic.

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This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.