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One of our most frequently asked questions by hair loss patients is, how much does finasteride cost per month? The typical answer is $30-$50/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 meant to treat men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), whereas finasteride 1mg is meant to treat men with hair loss. For whatever reason, the cost of 5mg is actually cheaper than the 1mg. Not only is it cheaper, but with the 5mg you’ll be able to use a pill cutter to split the pill into 1.25mg quarters. This reduces the cost of each dose even more.

The Math

We looked at the top pharmacies in Canada and averaged the cost of finasteride 5mg and 1mg pills. On average, each 1mg pill costs $1.53, and each 5mg pill costs 84 cents. If you quarter the 5mg pill, your cost of each dose would be 21 cents! This means your total cost of finasteride would come down to $6.30/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.

Pill cutters can be bought for a few dollars from the pharmacy when you pick up your prescription. 

How to Get Finasteride 5mg

At Essential Clinic, 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 pop a pill without the extra hassle, go with the 1mg. 

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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.