Proscar – Does it work?
7th July 2011 by damien
Proscar is a pill for hair loss containing a 5mg dose of Finasteride, the same active ingredient found in Propecia. Both Proscar and Propecia were developed for the treatment of an enlarged prostate, and both are marketed by Merck Pharmaceuticals.
During clinical trials, Merck noticed an interesting side effect to Finasteride – many men taking part in the trial experienced a reduction in their hereditary hair loss, in fact many subjects actually regrew hair that had been previously lost.
Further experimentation revealed that only a 1mg dose of Finasteride was needed to produce this result, therefore Proscar was repackaged and rebranded as a 1mg dose called Propecia.
Proscar is still widely available, and depending on your country of origin, often without prescription. Although Proscar is only available as a 5mg dose, the majority of hair loss sufferers using Proscar cut the tablet into four separate doses, saving a considerable amount of money per year versus the cost of buying the more expensive Propecia tablets.
Does Proscar work more effectively than Propecia?
No. Proscar performs no better or no worse than Propecia as they both rely on the same active ingredient, Finasteride. Proscar is simply not marketed as a hair loss product, hence why there can be a significant price differential.