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Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil

Topical solution applied twice daily.

About this medicine

TOPICAL FINASTERIDE WITH MINOXIDIL combines two clinically proven treatments into one easy-to-use solution. The solution contains 0.05% Finasteride and 5% Minoxidil.

Freshman’s TOPICAL FINASTERIDE WITH MINOXIDIL solution is compounded without alcohol and propylene glycol. Treatments that contain these harsh additives are known to cause itchy scalps, irritation and dandruff.

Finasteride and Minoxidil work synergistically to treat common hereditary hair loss in men aged 18-65 (otherwise known as male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia).

TOPICAL FINASTERIDE has been shown to lower the levels of DHT in the scalp, a major cause of male pattern hair loss. With continued use, Topical Finasteride can help to reverse the balding process and prevent further hair loss.

MINOXIDIL reactivates and revitalises shrunken hair follicles and increases their size. Minoxidil is thought to work by dilating the blood vessels around hair follicles and increasing nutrient supply to the follicles. With continued use, the hair follicles gain greater volume, which helps prevent further hair loss and promotes the growth of longer and thicker hairs.

Main advantages of Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil:

  • One solution contains both Finasteride and Minoxidil
  • Free from alcohol and propylene glycol, which makes it gentle on your scalp
  • Non greasy, dries fast
  • No need to take oral Finasteride tablets
  • Potentially reduced risk of side effects compared to oral Finasteride tablets
  • Has been shown in some studies to work better than Minoxidil or Finasteride alone

Trade names

Finasteride is sold under different trade names around the world including Propecia ®.

Minoxidil is sold under many different trade names around the world including Regaine ® and Rogaine ®.

How do I use this medicine?

  • Apply 1 ml of the solution directly onto the scalp twice daily (once in the morning and once at night), using the dropper provided.
  • Make sure that the scalp is dry or towel-dry before applying.
  • No need to wash your hair before use.
  • Allow a few minutes for the solution to dry before wearing a hat or lying on a pillow.
  • This medicine is for external use only and should only be applied directly to the scalp.
  • Do not use more than 2 ml of the solution in 24 hours. The treatment will not work faster if you take more than this amount. Each bottle should last one month, if used as directed.
  • This medicine should not be handled by women or children.
  • Additional information is included with the product.

What if I miss an application?

  • No worries! If you miss one or two applications, just carry on as normal, as if you had not missed the application. Applying the solution more frequently or in greater quantities will not improve results. You should use Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil consistently to get the best results.

How soon can I expect to see results?

  • Male pattern hair loss is a condition that develops over a long period of time and normal hair grows approximately 1.25 cm per month. As such, hair re-growth with Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil also takes time.
  • You may need to use Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil twice a day for 3-6 months before you notice an increase in the hair density or reduction in hair loss. Continued use of the solution is recommended to obtain maximum benefit.
  • New hairs may initially be fine and soft (similar to baby hairs) but should eventually become the same colour and thickness as the other hairs on your scalp. The full results of the treatment can be expected after 9-12 months.
  • When you first begin to use the medicine, your hair loss may increase temporarily for the first 2-4 weeks. This is likely a sign that you are getting rid of old hairs in order to regrow new, better quality hairs. Remember, this hair shedding is temporary, and is actually a great sign that the treatment is starting to work!
  • Once your hair has started to re-grow, you need to continue using this medicine twice a day for the growth to be maintained. If you stop the treatment, you are likely to lose the hair you have gained within 9-12 months.
  • If you have no improvement in your hair growth after 6 months of use, you should consider speaking to your doctor about stopping the treatment.

Is this medicine suitable for me?

Do not take this medicine if:

  • You are allergic to Finasteride, Minoxidil or the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.
  • You are a woman (this medicine is for men). Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also avoid handing Finasteride treatments. Finasteride can affect hormone levels, which could lead to complications with pregnancy.
  • Your partner is breastfeeding, pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
  • You have prostate cancer.
  • You have kidney or liver problems.
  • You are under 18 or over 65.

What if the medicine gets in my eyes, mouth or nose?

If the medicine comes into contact with the eyes, mouth, nose; or any broken or sunburnt skin, bathe the area with large amounts of cool tap water.

Are there any possible side effects?

Like all medicines, this Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The most common side effects are itching and skin irritation of the treated area of the scalp. If scalp irritation continues, you should stop using the medicine and discuss your symptoms with your doctor.

Stop using the medicine and seek medical advice immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Signs of allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing.
  • Changes in the breast tissue such as swelling, tenderness, or if there is any discharge from the nipple.
  • Chest pain or testicular pain.

Stop using the medicine and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any of the following:

  • Dizziness, feeling faint due to low blood pressure.
  • Palpitations and/or fast heartbeat.
  • Swelling in the hands, feet or legs, or shortness of breath.
  • Sudden, unexplained weight gain.
  • Changes such as skin rash and redness where the product is applied.

Other side effects which may occur, include:

  • Excessive hair growth on the face or body.
  • Headache.
  • Temporary hair loss (or shedding) may occur during the first 2-4 weeks of use. This is likely to be a result of a change in the natural hair growth cycle and should stop within a couple of weeks.

Although uncommon, in clinical trials 3.8% of patients receiving a treatment of oral Finasteride tablets noticed some sort of sexual side effects, compared to 2.1% of patients who were taking the placebo. These side effects included less desire to have sex, difficulties with erectile function and decreases in the volume of semen released during sex. The side effects are usually temporary and disappear when the treatment is stopped. It is important to note that these side effects were observed in trials of oral Finasteride (tablet form) and that there is no conclusive evidence that the same symptoms are likely to occur with the use of topical Finasteride.

This is not an exhaustive list of possible side effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.

Hair colour and texture

  • Some people may notice changes in hair colour or texture after using this medicine.

How should I store the medicine?

  • Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
  • Do not use this medicine after the expiry date printed on the bottle.
  • Store upright, below 25°C and protect from light.
  • When the bottle is empty, the bottle and applicators must be disposed of safely.

Other important information

  • As with any medicine, this medicine does not work for everyone. Some people may not experience improvements in hair growth. If you have no improvement in your hair growth after 6 months of use, you should consider speaking to your doctor about stopping the treatment.
  • This telemedicine consultation should not replace your regular visits to a GP or doctor. Please keep your GP or doctor informed of any medicines you are taking (including this treatment from Freshman), as it could interact with other medicines you may be taking.

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