Finasteride in Canada: Avoiding Name Brands

Finasteride, as discussed in our article on the science of hair loss prevention, has been shown to prevent hair loss in up to 90% of people. It is one of two scientifically backed hair loss treatments. In Canada finasteride requires a prescription, typically your GP or dermatologist will provide you with this prescription if requested. Doctors normally prescribe the name brand product, Propecia. This is often expensive, ranging between $50 and $100/month and rarely covered by health insurance. Is there anyway to reduce the cost? A generic finasteride is available from most pharmacies, but you'll still be paying upwards of $50/month.

A trick to save even more and possibly have your health insurance cover your prescription is to request Proscar. This product is a finasteride pharmaceutical typically prescribed for other medical conditions, and because of this, it is often covered by health insurers. One inconvenience with this version of the drug is that it comes in larger pills and needs to be split. This small inconvenience can save you between $50 and $100/month. Even uninsured buyers will save nearly 80% over the name brand Propecia. Talk to your doctor for more information. Finasteride should not be taken by women.