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Hair Loss Drugs Share your opinions and experiences regarding drugs like Propecia (finasteride), Minoxidil and others.

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Old 10-27-2011, 11:40 PM
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I've been thinning on the front part of my scalp and temples. The crown is pretty thick and the rear of my head is like a jungle lol.

I completely understand how you feel about being depressed about it. The best thing is though that you are taking action now to try and prevent any further loss! I would certainly say that the existing natural hair has gotten thicker, although I've only applied minoxidil to the temples and center of my widows peak. It certainly has helped thicken and renew some of those hairs. I noticed after a year of just Minoxidil that I had reached the max potential for that regime, so that's why I decided to go for Finasteride as well.

You've got a great regime so far and if you do decide to try fin then I hope that you're not one of the unlucky few! I'll be posting some pictures of updates today/tomorrow for the last few months. I;m going to get my haircut to the same style it was before, just for continuity reasons and comparisons.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:47 PM
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This is an awesome thread. I wonder if minoxidil/rogaine foam would work better or minoxidil/rogaine liquid for the temples/hairline. The minor shed is a little depressing. I guess it stabilizes by the 2nd/3rd month? Reading about your hair getting thicker is reassuring. Can't wait to see you progress/pics. Thanks.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:52 PM
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With the Minox it stabalized around the 3 month period, the fin is starting to stabilize a little over the 1 & 1/2 months / 2 month mark. So only time will tell how well it will work out.

I haven't tried the foam...I really want to and I know that they will be releasing the generic version in Feb 2012. The liquid as great as it is does take a LONG time to dry and is also a little oily.

What are you currently using Sean?
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:31 AM
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With the Minox it stabalized around the 3 month period, the fin is starting to stabilize a little over the 1 & 1/2 months / 2 month mark. So only time will tell how well it will work out.

I haven't tried the foam...I really want to and I know that they will be releasing the generic version in Feb 2012. The liquid as great as it is does take a LONG time to dry and is also a little oily.

What are you currently using Sean?

Lukeyb1687, thanks for the tips and advice. I just had my FUE transplant 58 days ago, but I have been on finasteride on and off for about a year (since August 2010) but have been continuing it daily since my FUE transplant August 31st, 2011. I did realize it working especially in my crown as you can see in the one year before surgery to the post op one month pics of my crown. I can say for certain that I did respond well to finasteride though all around my scalp.

On September 20, 2011 I started using rogaine foam for the first time and have been doing so regularly. I am also taking MSM as well. Prior to my transplant I was also using Nioxin shampoo and Nizoral Shampoos, along with a few other natural supplements I listed in my hair loss website, however, I have not continued the Nizoral/Nioxin shampoos nor some of those herbal supplements yet. I am just using Rogaine Foam, Finasteride (estimated 1.25 mg once a day from a 5mg Proscar tab), MSM, Dove or Pantene ProV shampoo, and even drinking green tea regularly (may help may not, it's a good antioxidant anyway).

I did post pics in my surgery thread and I intend to every month. I did notice some minor shedding on the sides of my mid scalp region and slight shedding around my crown area. This is when I started Rogaine foam. I am applying the Rogaine foam from the front of my head (my recipient zone)/midscalp/as well as the crown. Pretty much full coverage from front to back. I only had surgery in the frontal/hairline/temple region but was told I can apply Rogaine there after a certain amount of time to speed up hair growth as well. I do think some of my hairs in the center of my scalp seem to be getting stronger or the texture to me feels that way right now. However, again, the sides seems like they have shed slightly, but the center is coming in thick and strong.

The foam is actually very easy to apply. It does not leave any oily or patted down feeling on the hairs. I'll try it for a few months and then give the Rogaine solution a shot? Maybe to compare the two? I really want to see which one is more potent/absorbs better/produces results better.

Really looking forward to seeing your progress and I hope I made the right choice with Rogaine. I can't wait until they make the generic version of this Foam stuff though, this stuff is not cheap at all.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:10 PM
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Thanks Sean! Loving your results so far and can not wait for the results this month!!

Well I've noticed quite a lot of miniaturized hairs grow around my temples, as you can see the camera doesn't quite capture all of them...hopefully in the next few months I will be able to see them become a lot thicker. I've reduced to 1.25mg 5x a week dosage of Fin.

Going to be uploading a bit more consistently now! I'm going to be assessing my hair after 12 months of Fin and will see whether I want to still require a transplant or if I am happy with my results.
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Did you build up using all the other medication as well as Minoxidil? If not how do you know its not just the Minoxidil workin?
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:29 PM
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Hi Newby,

I know that it's the Fin as well because I was on Minox alone for a year and recently started taking Fin when the minox reached a limit to where no new grwoth was happening. Now I have a lot of new hairs and I'm sure it's the mixture of both Fin.

I only built up the medication for Finasterdie as I was scared of the side effects.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:01 PM
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Ok I am now back on Fin! Will post results soon!
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:10 PM
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lukeyb1687,

How is it going with your treatment?

Last week I started using Generic Propecia and today I purchased some Minoxidil because my hair line is going back and I have some diffuse thinning on top but I keep my hair really short.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:33 PM
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Ireland!

Thanks for reminding me to update this!!! I will certainly post some pics.

Well to start I have not had any shedding in the shower when I wash my hair, which is great!! I have alot of new tiny white hairs sprouting through. The only downside is I think I am breaking out again with acne from the Finasteride. It's hard to really pin point what is causing these outbreaks but since I have been on Fin it's started again and got worse.

I am still taking 5mg a day with 0 sexual side effects or brain fog. Thinking I may drop down to 1.25 mg and see if that helps with the acne repression. However the new hairs that have been sprouting get my excited, at least this is helping slowing down the recession until I can afford a hairtransplant!!

What is your current regime?
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