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Propecia and Finasteride Prices at CVS, Walgreens, & Walmart: November 2019

Fight back against male pattern baldness with Propecia or finasteride. Prices for these hair-loss medications were fairly steady at CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart in November 2019. 

Fighting a losing battle against male pattern baldness? You’re hardly alone. According to the American Hair Loss Association, roughly 85 percent of all men experience significant hair thinning by the age of 50. And the primary culprit behind that hair loss is male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia.

Some men choose to surrender to the progressive hair loss process and shave their heads. Others opt instead to conceal that hair loss by covering it up with replacement strategies, including hairpieces, while still others pay hefty sums to have hair transplants.

Finasteride Is the Best Option

If you’d like to try to halt the hair loss process and even regrow some of the hair that’s been lost, your best option, according to AHLA, is finasteride, which is also sold under the brand-name Propecia.

Originally approved in 1992 as a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia, a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, finasteride also won approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 1997 as a hair-loss treatment. After FDA approval, Pfizer marketed finasteride as Propecia.

‘First Line of Attack’

Medical scientists around the globe continue to search for even more effective weapons against male pattern baldness. However, for now, Propecia and finasteride are your best choices. The AHLA recommends finasteride “as the first line of attack for all men interested in treating their male pattern baldness.”

Prices for a 1-milligram tablet of Propecia and finasteride were relatively stable at CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart during the three-month period from September through November 2019. CVS’s price for Propecia held steady at $9.50 for all three months, as did Walgreens and Walmart prices at $9.75 and $8.64, respectively.

The only bobble in the three retailers’ prices for finasteride came at CVS, where its price for a 1-milligram tablet of finasteride jumped from $7.32 in September to $8.12 in October, a price still in force during November. Finasteride prices at Walgreens and Walmart were stable at $7.98 and $5.63, respectively, for the whole three-month period.

Researchers have found that the primary culprit behind male pattern baldness is dihydrotestosterone, a derivative of testosterone. It shrinks hair follicles to the point that they can no longer support hair growth. Finasteride helps to reduce scalp levels of DHT by blocking the effects of an enzyme known as Type II 5-a reductase. The offending enzyme triggers the conversion of testosterone to DHT. With less of the enzyme around, scalp levels of DHT decrease significantly.

Both Drugs Available Online

For men who prefer the convenience of ordering their drugs online, both Propecia and finasteride are available at eDrugstore.com, a longtime prescription drug service based in Tempe, Arizona. And its prices for Propecia and finasteride were $5.41 and $1.14, respectively, considerably lower than the prices at CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.

And when you order your medications through eDrugstore, the price you pay covers not just the medications but a handful of added-value services as well. These include free shipping, as well as a complimentary consultation service that connects you online to a licensed U.S. physician who can authorize a prescription if you are deemed an appropriate candidate. In addition to its hair-loss medications, eDrugstore sells a full range of erectile dysfunction drugs, including both brand-name and generic medications. To learn more, visit eDrugstore’s Hair Loss page.

Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+