Where can I buy Finasteride (Propecia) in Bangkok/Thailand? How much does it cost? What hair loss treatment options are available in Thailand? Should you get your hair transplant done in Thailand?
In this article, I will answer all those options.
I will NOT be covering the side effects and potential risks of any of these drugs/compounds. That’s something you will have to research and decide on yourself.
Thai Women & Hair Loss …
Do most Thai women care about your hair loss, your thinning hair or the fact that you might be bold? Will you have an easier time meeting Thai women once your hair is near perfection?
For the most part, no.
Sure, there are there 1 out of 100 girls who has a hair fetish or just dislikes short/thinning hair, but who cares? You should care what is attractive across the board, not just for those outliers. That’s where you get your best ROI.
ROI = Return on Investment. Meaning if say, you get a good haircut and buy fitting clothes, instantly the majority of women will find you more attractive. That’s worth the investment.
That being said, if you decide to start a hair loss treatment because it makes YOU feel better, then I can totally understand that.
So, let’s get started with your options.
Oh, I am no doctor. Talk to a doctor …
No Prescription Required
Both Finasteride & Monoxidil are OTC (Over The Counter) and don’t require a prescription in Thailand.
They are available at 9/10 pharmacies – even outside of major cities such as Bangkok.
Prices vary greatly and this is where you need to be careful.
I don’t take either of these drugs – never have and probably never will – but have been asked by Thailand Guide members which options are available, their respective prices and availability.
Thus, I went to 20+ pharmacies to check out which products are available, the initial price and final price after negotiations.
Finasteride in Thailand
There are many local generic Finasteride products available – both in the 1mg and 5mg dosage.
- Firide 1mg
- Firide 5mg
- Harifin 1mg
- Harafin 5mg
The best price-value are the Firide 5mg. For hair loss, the typical dosage is 1mg, so 1 x 5mg is enough for 5 days. You should not pay more than 550 Baht for 1 box of Firide 30 x 5mg.
That’s around $18 USD and will last you 5 months, thus less than $4 per month.
As you can see, the price on this box says 1,300 Thai Baht ($42 USD).
That’s the price you will be quoted INITIALLY.
Don’t pay that much. Aim for ~550 Baht or walk to the next pharmacy. In Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket there are hundreds (if not thousands) of pharmacies to choose from.
Most will offer an even lower price if you buy multiple boxes.
Minoxidil/Regaine in Thailand
You can buy the original and generic version at pharmacies (regular ones and pharmacy section of Boots). However, ordering on Lazado offers the widest selection to choose from.
You create an account, order, pay cash at your closest 7-Eleven and get the product delivered to your hotel or condo within a few days.
The popular versions of Minoxidil (Krikland & Regaine) are available on Lazada.
The locally-produced generic Minoxidil is Reten Five and available at most pharmacies. Much cheaper than the brand versions of Minoxidil …
Ketoconazole/Nizoral in Thailand
There’s some evidence that Ketoconazole (the active ingredient in Nizoral shampoo) lowers DHT in the scalp. You can buy this shampoo pretty much anywhere – I recommend you opt for Boots pharmacy.
They offer two version of Nizoral. The one you see in the video is the small version for 230 Thai Baht (~$8 USD).
Hair Transplant in Thailand
Medical tourism is a big business in Thailand. Thousands of people come to take advantage of few restrictions, lower costs – whether it be plastic surgery, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, getting dental work done or getting a hair transplant in Thailand.
If you have decided that you want to go down this route, why not get your hair transplant in Thailand. Other than Turkey, you’re not going to find more inexpensive location that still offers quality services.
You can combine this with your regular Thailand (aka mongering trip) – just keep in mind that you probably need to avoid sunlight for a few days, and need to be dealing with other inconveniences.