So I have been taking Propecia for about a year to try and combat my receding hairline. Which is not terribly receding, but I wanted to nip it in the bud, y’know? I really should have taken before-and-after photos to compare, but I believe there has been some hair regrowth. (nothing dramatic)
The one problem: It is not covered by my insurance, and costs like $70/mo. Finally after buying the drug for a year I discovered the little Propecia secret. You can ask your doctor to prescribe the prostate-shrinking drug Proscar, which contains finasteride, the same active ingredient as Propecia. Proscar comes in 5 mg tablets, while you only need 1 mg daily of Propecia, but a $5.99 Duane Reade pill-splitter can cut them in four very easily. My prescription plan does cover Proscar (it was filled with a generic, pictured), and I used the mail order pharmacy Caremark to fill it. Total cost for 90 pills: $7.
Presumably if I’m able to cut all the pills in quarters the drug should last me … (4*90=360) … just about a year! Not bad for $7. (Yes I will be getting 1.25 mg a day rather than 1mg, but my doctor just kinda shrugged at that).
Also, the NYT had a recent story about how taking finasteride apparently cuts men’s chances of getting prostate cancer by 30 percent. That involves a 5mg dose, but one might speculate that a lower dose still might provide some benefit. The article quotes a doctor as comparing the drug to cholesterol-lowering statins, in fact.