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Why am I still losing hair with Minoxidil?
When you use Minoxidil, your hair follicles are ‘forced’ from the resting phase into the growing phase. A sudden rush of blood to the follicles can cause the existing, weakened hairs to fall out but will only be replaced with thicker, healthier strands of hair.
When will I stop shedding finasteride?
It is expected that you will see shedding of the hair after roughly 3 to 6 months of treatment. It will last around 2 weeks. This shows that the treatment is working, so when this happens it is encouraged not to stop taking finasteride.
How long finasteride shedding last?
This initial shedding can last for a few months but should stop by three to six months in; if you experience continued shedding or are concerned in any way, seek advice from your doctor on how to proceed.
Can I stop using minoxidil after 6 months?
Answer: Very few men get shedding after using minoxidil and the few that do are only recycling hairs which were about to fall out anyway. After 6 months all those hairs have grown back and your hair will look thicker. You will not lose hair in the long run from using minoxidil.
Is Minoxidil better than finasteride?
“Finasteride is by far the more clinically effective medication compared to minoxidil,” Gary Linkov, MD, of City Facial Plastics in New York City tells WebMD Connect to Care. Linkov does caution that finasteride can cause sexual side effects such as decreased semen and reduced sexual desire.
Can you switch from minoxidil to finasteride?
This means that you can safely use finasteride and minoxidil at the same time. In fact, studies have found that using these medications together will likely give you better results than using just one medication to treat hair loss.
What happens if I stop taking minoxidil?
If you stop the minoxidil you will lose the effect it has on preventing your hair loss. There is always a better chance of preventing hair loss by using different methods. Topical minoxidil (Rogaine), oral finasteride, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, and low level laser therapy (LLLT) have all been shown to help prevent hair loss.
Can minoxidil and finasteride be taken together for hair loss?
With combination therapy the science would support that Finasteride is doing most of the heavy lifting. In practice I have found some men able to discontinue Minoxidil after a time, while staying on Finasteride, and still having a good result. I would recommend you discuss this plan with a qualified hair restoration physician.
Is minoxidil safe for cats with hair loss?
On the whole, side effects are rare and minoxidil is viewed as one of the safest hair loss treatments on the market today. One point about minoxidil that’s important to note is that it can potentially be highly toxic to cats, as they lack the enzymes required to metabolize and excrete minoxidil from the body.
What is the difference between minoxidil and Rogaine®?
While minoxidil is sold generically, it’s also sold under the brand name Rogaine®. That said, the side effects of Rogaine are virtually identical to those of minoxidil. According to the FDA, the most common side effect of Rogaine is itching and other skin irritation on the treated area.