Keeps is a subscription service that says it can save you money on the best hair loss treatments for men, but is that really the case? Not if you ask me.
I pay only $25 a year for finasteride, the generic version of Propecia. That’s it!
Keeps Hair Loss Treatment Review: It’s Not the Best Deal!
Through its website, Keeps sells the exact same drug — finasteride — as part of its hair loss treatment kits for $25 a month.
Take Your Pick: $25 a Year or $25 a Month…
You can skip the subscription services that say they can save you money and follow the steps that I took to actually save money.
Here’s how I lowered my hair loss treatment costs to just $25 a year.
1. I Went to a Doctor
I’m not a doctor, so you need to book an appointment with a primary care physician or a dermatologist to talk about your hair loss.
If you hate going to the doctor, see if your insurance offers telemedicine.
I went to my dermatologist because I felt like he would have more experience treating men who were losing their hair. The insurance copay was $50.
2. I Asked for a 5 mg Finasteride Dose and Split the Pills
My doctor prescribed me 1 mg of finasteride a day for hair loss, but I did some research and found that it comes in a 5 mg dose.
I asked if I could split the 5 mg pill into quarters and my doctor said yes.
He wrote me a prescription for 5 mg of finasteride instead of 1 mg, which means fewer trips to the pharmacy because one pill turns into four pills.
3. I Found the Lowest Price on GoodRx
With my prescription in hand, I downloaded the free GoodRx app and entered the name of the drug and the dose to find the cheapest price.
When you use GoodRx, you skip your regular insurance and just show the app at the pharmacy.
I’m able to get 30 pills of 5 mg finasteride for $8.60, which is a 120-day supply since I split each pill into quarters. That equals only $25.80 for a year’s supply!
Someone who signs up for Keeps’ $25/month plan would pay $300 a year.
Savings Tip: GoodRx does have a competitor called RxSaver. I conducted a price comparison of 50 popular drugs to see which is best.
My Hair Loss Experience
My hair began thinning when I was 31 years old, especially at the back of my scalp. I haven’t noticed much hair loss at the temples yet.
Here’s a timeline of what happened after I started taking finasteride:
- 3 months: Hair strengthened
- 6 months: Hair started to regrow
- 12 months: Hair looked like it used to
I chose not to use minoxidil (generic Rogaine) along with finasteride because I wanted to see if the pill worked on its own — and it has so far. (Update: Four years later, I’m still only taking finasteride.)
If you decide to take minoxidil, stock up when you find it on sale or try Costco. No prescription is required.
The Bottom Line
Since I first wrote this article and uploaded a YouTube video about my experience, I’ve heard from dozens of guys who have followed the steps above and are saving money. Here’s a recent comment:
Hey man, I just wanted to thank you because I thought this hair loss thing was a lost cause. With my Dr’s prescription for 1 mg finasteride it would have cost me $47 out of pocket/month. I was about to bite the bullet and pay Keeps $25/month which is much more reasonable. For some reason I stumbled upon your video and now I got a 90 day supply of 5 mg finasteride for $14. Seriously, thank you for making this video.Comment left on my YouTube channel
Subscription services like Keeps are all about convenience, not real savings. Ask your doctor about my plan and save money on your hair loss treatment.
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