Doctor I want to ask you a question. 29 years old, no smoking and no drinking at all, in good shape and eat very healthy , and for 3 and half years been on brand name propecia 1mg finasteride with incredible results and absolute no side affects at all. But brand name propecia is expensive as I spend 45 dollars per month. my doctor gave me a script for proscar and told me to cut the pills in pieces which will save money. But he said that I must cut properly so I don’t get fluctuations in dose and such. I am very obsessive and compulsive when it comes to my hair and I don’t want to take a low dose by cutting wrong etc. So anyways cutting the 5mg finasteride tablet in half which will be 2.5mg of finasteride is way easier than doing it in 4 or 5 pieces to make 1 mg finasteride. I have a pill splitter device at home and it can cut it in half no problem. I rather take the 2.5mg as its way easier to perform. my doctor told me to try it, and is ok with that route. I just want to know your opinion as if it can cause hair shedding all of a sudden? I don’t care at all about the side affect increase risk because I know I wont get them by taking 2.5 mg of finasteride which is only 1.5mg more than the traditional 1mg dose. I am not doing it to get more benefits because increasing dose is negligible to hair gain, but only to save money. my only concern is that will it cause a shift in hair shedding and ruin my hair status by taking 2.5 mg finasteride over the 1mg brand I take right now? from your experiences what are your thoughts on it? can it cause a dramatic change in the status quo of the hair?
Although finasteride 1 mg per day(Propecia) is the recommended dose, a slightly increased dose (cutting a Proscar 5mg in quarters to make it 1.25mg) will be as good as a 1mg dose per day. Even 2.5mg or 5mg should be of no issue with respect to the treatment for androgenic alopecia, other than a small increase in a possible side effect. To be clear, a higher dose does not equate to better hair growth. There are studies that show that even a lower dose 0.5mg finasteride is just as effective for hair.