Since March 2015 The Belgravia Centre have been offering Aindeem
in place of Propecia
. The active ingredient of both of these products is 1mg finasteride. The only difference is the name. Propecia is produced by Merck and co. and Aindeem is produced by Accord Healthcare Limited (formerly Actavis).
What is finasteride?
Finasteride 1mg is a drug that is medically-proven to treat male pattern hair loss
. It works by inhibiting the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme that normally converts testosterone to the DHT
that attacks the top of the head, causing the thinning hair
and bald patches typically associated with male hair loss.
Finasteride 1mg stops DHT from binding to the hair follicles of men who are predisposed to genetic hair loss
, stabilising shedding and reducing users' hair loss
. It is also prescribed in much larger doses for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP), or prostate enlargement.
What's the difference between Propecia and Aindeem?
In the same way that people may refer to paracetamol as 'Panadol', finasteride is commonly known as 'Propecia' as that is the brand name it has been manufactured under in the UK during its period of exclusivity which ended last year. During this time the name Propecia became synonymous with finasteride 1mg as no other companies were allowed to manufacture finasteride 1mg in the UK. However, since that patent licence expired in October 2014, more manufacturers are now able to produce this hair loss treatment
under their own brand name. Like Propecia, Aindeem is licensed by the UK's medical governing body, the MHRA
and approved by the equivalent American body, the FDA, for the treatment of male pattern baldness.
Will switching from Propecia to Aindeem affect regrowth results?
The medication remains the same, the only thing that has changed is the name. The active ingredient in both Propecia and Aindeem is exactly the same - 1mg finasteride.