Boots Hair Loss Online Clinic
Access to prescription‐only hair loss tablets, Finasteride or Propecia, without a trip to your GP
If you've used our online hair loss clinic before, click here now to re-order your treatment
What is male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness is a common hair growth problem, affecting around half of all British men before they turn 50 and usually runs in the family because it’s largely genetic.
It can start as early as your teens and the first signs are usually:
• A receding hairline
• Losing hair or thinning hair around the temples, then your crown
If you think you have male pattern baldness, our online clinic may be able to provide you with treatment to help stop further hair loss.
If you already have a prescription for medication from your GP we can dispense it, either at your local Boots pharmacy, or via our online prescription service.
Who can use this service?
To use this service, you must be at least 18 years old and male. The service is only suitable for male pattern baldness and, if it’s suitable, will provide access to prescription only hair loss tablets containing finasteride, which includes the branded version Propecia.* Both the generic Finasteride and branded Propecia work in the same way, are effective in the treatment of male pattern baldness and have similar side effects as they contain the same active ingredient.
If you think you’re experiencing any other form of hair loss, such as alopecia, speak to your GP for advice.
How it works
Answer some questions and choose which hair loss treatment you want to try, if they’re suitable for you
One of our clinicians will review your answers and we’ll take payment for a four‐week trial
You can collect your hair loss tablets from a Boots pharmacy, or get it delivered for free to you or a post office near you*
Your online consultation will usually be reviewed by us within 24 hours, although this may take longer at weekends and bank holidays.
*Subject to stock availability and clinician approval
Will my hair grow back?
Treatment for male pattern baldness aims to prevent further hair loss and increase hair growth. Studies show the treatment:
• Prevents further hair loss in nine out of 10 men who stick with it
• Starts to produce results in as little as three months of continuous treatment
• Causes some new hair growth with long‐term treatment in two out of three men
You must use Finasteride or Propecia, the branded version, continuously for sustained results. If you stop taking the medicine, any results will begin to reverse within six months and will be lost by 12 months. If you are still experiencing hair loss after 12 months of treatment, further courses are unlikely to work.
We sell several over‐the‐counter hair loss treatments online and in store. Our pharmacists can speak to you about your options. Finasteride and Propecia are the only hair loss prescription medication available through our service, once you have completed an online consultation.
The active ingredient in the prescription medication, finasteride, is used to help treat hair loss by reducing the level of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp. The hormone causes hair follicles to shrink and eventually stop working, so hair growth slows down and may stop completely.
Possible side effects
• Itching and swelling of the face and lips
• Other possible side effects include impotence, ejaculation problems and breast tenderness. Persistent difficulty achieving erection, ejaculation disorder and loss of libido, even after discontinuation of the treatment, have also been reported
• Rarely, it can cause breast cancer
You can read about all the known side effects in the patient information leaflets. If you experience any of these, you should stop taking Finasteride or Propecia and see your GP straight away.
Not suitable for
• Men with partners who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant
• Men with prostate problems
• Men losing hair as a result of another cause, such as the side effect of a medication
• Men who are currently on dialysis
Before you start
Make sure you have read:
• The patient information leaflet for your chosen treatment, Finasteride or Propecia, so you’re familiar with the medicine and its side effects. Depression and thoughts of suicide have been identified as rare side effects. If you experience either of these side effects while taking this medicine you should immediately stop taking it and seek medical advice
During the online consultation you’ll need:
• Your GP’s details
• Your payment details
How we use your personal data
To enable us to give you the best and most appropriate care and advice, we collect your personal data such as name, address and date of birth, we also collect your more sensitive personal data regarding ethnicity and health such as medicines you may be taking for the purposes of ensuring the service we provide is appropriate for you.
We may share your personal information across Boots services such as Boots Pharmacy and with other companies that provide services on our behalf but we assure you that Boots will never sell your personal data. We are committed to safeguarding your privacy and keeping your personal data safe and secure is our top priority.
The online consultation takes approximately 10 minutes
Prices start at £42 for a four‐week supply or £6.75 per week (if ordering a 24 week supply) for returning online customers
The first time you buy your chosen treatment online, you’ll only be able to buy a four‐week supply to make sure that the medicine agrees with you. You can then log into your boots.com account to reorder further supplies online in batches to use for several weeks as follows:
Full price list
£42 (4 week supply)
£49 (4 week supply)
£73 (8 week supply)
£86 (8 week supply)
£83 (12 week supply)
£98 (12 week supply)
£162 (24 week supply)
£190 (24 week supply)
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
If you have any more questions, please read our online clinics FAQs.