In the next week The Belgravia Centre will begin offering Aindeem in place of Propecia. The active ingredient of both of these products is 1mg finasteride so if you have been using Propecia, there is no need to be worried as you will be taking the same medication; 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 their Dyson as a ‘Hoover’, the first brand to manufacture upright vacuum cleaners, 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 popular 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 my regrowth results?
No. 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.
How can I find out more?
If you are an existing Belgravia Centre client we will be contacting you directly about this change. You will notice that, if you are currently using Propecia, you will receive Aindeem in place of your usual tablets when your next batch of medication is sent out. If you have any queries about this, please do contact your Treatment Advisor who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
If you are seeing signs of male pattern baldness and would like to find out how we can help and which treatments we would recommend for your stage of shedding, please call us on 020 7730 6666 or send us a message to book your free consultation. Alternatively, if you are unable to visit either of our Central London hair loss clinics, simply complete our Online Consultation for our home-use service.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.