So a little background. Have been on finasteride for approximately 8 months. I think its working, since I have not progressed at all and maybe perhaps (don’t know if its my mind playing tricks) have seen very slight thickening.
I asked you a similar question before regarding the generic finasteride from pharmascience. You stated that I should be good with this drug as the company is a reputable one here in Canada.
However today my question is about the 5MG. I take that and cut it into quarters and have been doing so since the beginning of my treatment (so that its cheaper for me)…I read somewhere on your site that this is not recommended….and some people/doctors claim that the ingredients of the pill are not equally divided??? could you elaborate on this…am I fine with what I do or should I switch to the generic 1MG (which is available in Canada)…do you roughly (again roughly) still get 1.25 if you quarter the pill with a pill cutter?? So just wondering if I may be loosing ground with what I do, or that I am infact fine with the above regimen?
Thanks in advance
I am not sure where you read on this site that cutting the 5mg finasteride wasn’t recommended, but I’ve been suggesting doing this for years. You just need a doctor to prescribe the higher dose with the instruction that the pill is to be cut.
Cutting a 5mg tablet of finasteride in quarters is just as good as taking a 1mg pill. In a perfectly ideal world the drug companies would make a 1mg version and sell it cheaper than the 5mg version, but for now the 5mg version is about $30 for 90 pills while the 1mg version is $100 for 90 pills.
So in the interest of cost savings, you can cut the 5mg version into four pieces to make 1.25mg. If you know how to cut a small pill into 5 equal pieces to make 1mg each, go for it! In general, when you cut the pill you will never be precise and you may get more or less 1.25mg. This is alright in my opinion as long as you consistently take the medication on a daily basis. My reasoning behind this is that studies show 0.5mg is almost as effective as 5mg dose, so the daily variation should not matter as long as the drug is taken on a consistent basis.