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writtenByWritten by: Dr. Maria Glukhovsky
Dr. Maria Glukhovsky

Dr. Maria Glukhovsky

Dr. Maria Glukhovsky, Pharm.D. has been a pharmacist for the past 12 years, clinical educator across many disease states and a clinical instructor at Jefferson School of Pharmacy. She loves to educate her patients and everyone around her on the proper use of medications and top disease management techniques to improve health and wellbeing.

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September 29, 2020 Read Time - 4 minutes

Get Finasteride Prescription Online

You can get a finasteride prescription online by booking a virtual appointment with a board certified physician here at PlushCare.

Our online doctors are all graduates from the top 50 U.S. medical schools and commonly write prescriptions for finasteride. With insurance, your appointment is the same price as your copay.

Let’s take a closer look at finasteride and how to get a prescription online.

What Is Finasteride?

Finasteride is a prescription medication that is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, enlargement of the prostate gland) and male pattern hair loss.

It is also available under the brand names of Proscar and Propecia. 

How Does Finasteride Work?

Finasteride works by blocking the body’s production of a male hormone (dihydrotestosterone, or DHT) that causes the prostate to enlarge and stops hair growth. 


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Finasteride Dosage and Treatment

Only take finasteride as directed by your doctor.

It should only be taken by men and is not for children or women, especially those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

The typical dosage of finasteride for treating BPH is 5 mg once a day.

For treating male pattern baldness, the usual dosage is 1 mg once a day. 

You may need to take finasteride for at least six months to a year before you see any benefits when treating BPH and at least three to six months when treating male pattern baldness.

If your hair has not started to regrow within a year, you’re unlikely to experience any benefit from finasteride.

Benefits of Finasteride

When taken for BPH, finasteride shrinks the prostate to reduce symptoms like decreased urine flow, waking up at night to urinate, and hesitation at the beginning of urination.

When taken for male pattern baldness, hair may start to regrow on top of the head, but not the temples or body. 

  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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Side Effects of Finasteride

Side effects of finasteride may be mild and temporary or they may be serious.

Potential side effects of finasteride include:

  • Depression
  • Inability to get or maintain an erection
  • Testicular pain
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Problems with ejaculation
  • Confusion
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Cold sweats
  • Changes in the breasts such as increased size, pain, lumps, or nipple discharge
  • Swelling of the face or lips
  • Trouble swallowing or breathing

The most serious potential side effect of finasteride is that chronic use may increase the risk of getting high-grade prostate cancer, which grows and spreads faster than other kinds of prostate cancer. 

Talk to your doctor to see if you are at an increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer.

Considerations and Precautions of Finasteride

Before taking finasteride, tell your doctor about your allergies and medical history.

Especially be sure to mention if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in finasteride or if you’ve ever had prostate cancer or liver disease. Your doctor may want to monitor your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels while you are taking finasteride. 


Finasteride should not be touched or handled by children or women, especially those who are or may become pregnant, as doing so may harm the fetus. If a potentially pregnant woman touches this medication, she should immediately wash off the area and call her doctor. 


  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Get Finasteride Over the Counter?

No, you must have a prescription to get finasteride. Because Finasteride has the potential to cause serious side effects and interact with other medications it is crucial you meet with a doctor before being prescribed. That said, you can easily meet with a doctor online and get prescribed Finasteride here.

How Can I Get a Prescription Online?

To get a prescription online, you must have a video or phone appointment with a licensed doctor. You can book an online appointment with PlushCare here. According to federal law, you must speak to a doctor before getting any prescription medication. Any website that tries to ship you medication from another country without requiring a prescription is skirting the law. 

How Can I Buy Finasteride Online?

Now, you may be wondering: “How do I get a finasteride prescription?” Our trusted PlushCare doctors commonly prescribe finasteride to patients who may benefit from the medication. To set up an appointment to talk to a doctor about getting a prescription for finasteride, click here or call (888)798-0620. 

Does Finasteride Really Work?

Finasteride has been shown to reduce symptoms of BPH and regrow hair. However, it is also associated with erectile dysfunction and may contribute to a wide variety of other health issues, including type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases, kidney dysfunction, dry eye disease, and other metabolic diseases. You should discuss these risks with your doctor before starting finasteride. Additionally, finasteride appears to be less effective than dutasteride, another 5-α reductase inhibitor (5ARIs), aimed at treating BPH and regrowing hair

Is There a Substitute for Finasteride?

There is another 5-α reductase inhibitor (5ARIs) in the same class of medication as finasteride called dutasteride, which appears to be even more effective than finasteride at hair regrowth and reduction of BPH symptoms with similar complications. Ask your doctor which. medication is right for you.

Can You Buy Finasteride Online?

The best place to get finasteride online is with a video or phone appointment with a licensed PlushCare doctor. You can click here or call (888)798-0620 any time to schedule an appointment with one of our trusted doctors. If they decide that finasteride is right for you, they can electronically send a prescription to your local pharmacy, where you can pick it up as soon as it’s ready. 

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Sources

Medline Plus. Finasteride. Accessed on July 8, 2020 at https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a698016.html

Mayo Clinic. Finasteride (Oral Route). Accessed on July 8, 2020 at https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/finasteride-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20063819?p=1

PubMed. Finasteride, Not Tamsulosin, Increases Severity of Erectile Dysfunction and Decreases Testosterone Levels in Men With Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Accessed on July 9, 2020 at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26053014/

PubMed. Health Risks Associated With Long-Term Finasteride and Dutasteride Use: It’s Time to Sound the Alarm. Accessed on July 9, 2020 at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32202088/

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