Hi Dr, many thanks for the excellent blog. I just had a question regarding generic propecia. My doctor in the UK approved me as a good candidate for propecia and advised me I could now buy generic 1mg propecia online to save money. I’m currently on merck’s product and haven’t experienced any serious side effects.
The generic manufacturers on the site he suggested are Sunrise and Cipla. I can’t find much info on these companies and was wondering if you were familiar with them and if they are reputable, or furthermore if you think buying generic 1mg is a good idea in the first place, even if I have been examined by a Dr?
Any advise would be much appreciated. best
The generic should be the same as the name brand. The 1mg generic finasteride isn’t legally available due to patent restrictions in the US, but the 5mg generic is off patent and available. Things could be different in the UK. I suppose that if you get the generic from a reputable source it would be fine, but many online pharmacies are suspect since they don’t require a prescription in the first place. I’m not a fan of that.
As for the companies you asked about, I think Sunrise is US based, but I’m not too familiar with them. All I could really find was their website and an FDA warning letter from last year about the use of excessive active ingredients in some medications they made. I am more familiar with Cipla since I’ve been asked about them a few times before. Cipla is a very large pharmaceutical maker out of India and their biggest claim to fame is that they’re the world’s largest producer of HIV/AIDS fighting medications.
For more info on Cipla:
For more info on Sunrise: