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Old 04-07-2008, 10:10 AM
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How long does propecia last for?
I seen that it works for 90% of males after 5 years. How long after does it work after that?
I am sure your body will become immune to it and ignore eventually.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:53 PM
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Hell, you could tell me that it does no good after 5 years and I'd still keep popping it. I certainly noticed it help slow down my balding.

I've heard on this forum that after 10 yrs. its benefits decrease. I've been on it 8 yrs. and will continue 'til I'm convinced otherwise.
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:38 AM
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Chris,
You are still much better off staying on the drug. The great majority of men taking finasteride realize an increase in "hair mass" during the first 4-5 years; then there is a very gradual loss of same, but not nearly at the steep curve and rate as if you weren't taking the drug. At one conference I attended a couple of years ago, the speaker said that after 5 years, 30% of men look better than when they started, 50% look about the same and hold their own, and 20% look thinner. My gut feeling is that the last group would still look far worse had they not been taking the drug. My own personal experience is that 80% of the men I give it to have a positive result and look better when seen back in 2-3 years. When pinned down on exactly how long a given man will have to take the drug, my reply is "until the next wonderful thing comes along!."
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:21 AM
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Good post, Mike!

And........my thoughts exactly. It's proven to be effective and at the very least has a good chance of helping you keep what you have.

I think the key with anything used for prevention....i.e. Finasteride, Duasteride, Minox.......is to plan on sticking with it for the long haul.
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:23 AM
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Been on it 8 yrs myself and still holding me solid - If i had not got on in when i did - hell knows where i would have ended up.
I meet many guys who mention that they thought Propecia was doing very little for them so the ceased taking it - when they did they all remarked on how it must have been working as their hair loss drastically increased after a period of stopping it.

Moral of the story - if it ain't broken don't fix it

"How long is a piece of string" - what i mean is I think we all respond differently so its very difficult to gauge what will happen to YOU and how long it will work for YOU.
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Chris,

You've gotten some excellent replies, including one from medical expert Dr. Beehner. I agree with the advice given so far.

I've been on Propecia for almost 4 years, and believe that it is still helping me maintain the hair below my crown. Thankfully, I have had no side effects.

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