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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 06-27-2012, 12:18 PM
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Finasteride is a long term commitment and if you stop taking the drug, any gains you have made you will lose.

Finasteride is good for slowing down or in some cases halting/stopping hair loss and transplants are used to regain your hair in the balding areas by distributing your donor supply efficiently.

But it is a long term commitment so you have to weigh up all the positives and negatives.
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thanks guys for the input! What i have gathered is finas is defn the most powerful weapon against MPB right now, and the side effects are very real and do occur to a small handful of users.. I guess the key will be how much hair matters to each individual and whether that risk is worth taking..

My question now is this, lets say i take a very small dosage, like 1 pill a week, for lets say months, does it still help a bit? Or is there a very strict dosage we need to adhere to for any effect to take place?

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That's hard to say. I know some people who have been on the drugs for many years get by with just one dose a week or so. But maybe to start it would be better to do one ever other day or .25/.50mg every day and taper upwards.
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that sounds quite scary. i am really worried abt the sides so probably i will take it really slowly like 0.25mg once a week for a month first... some dosage is better than none and i will take it from there

I will probably do a series of tests first PRIOR to any consumption so that i can actually measure the levels numerically rather than leave it to psychology

Any parameters that i should take note of?
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Absoloutly make sure you get all your blood work done before starting up on the drug. That way you have base line results to refer back to should you experience bad side effects.

This is something a lot of people dont point out enough to you.
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Thanks bob! However, do u have any parameters in mind?
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Zenmonk has another thread in this section of his test results which just about covers everything as below.

Bloods:

Liver function tests (LFTs): all within normal range
Testosterone, serum: within normal range
Testosterone, free: within normal range
Thyroid profile: within normal range
Estradiol, serum: within normal range
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH): within normal range
Prolactin: within normal range
Lutenizing Hormone (LH): within normal range
Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG): within normal range
PSA: within normal range
DHEA: slightly below normal range

Semen Analysis: all normal
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thanks bob!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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if you do experience side effects think very carefully because the effects (for those of us who suffer them) get worse the longer u take the drug (at least they did for me) - good luck
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My question now is this, lets say i take a very small dosage, like 1 pill a week, for lets say months, does it still help a bit? Or is there a very strict dosage we need to adhere to for any effect to take place?

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I read (on Dr bernstein's website possibly) that the half life of finasteride is about 6-8 hours but the effect it has lasts for 30 days.

Smaller doses won't block as much DHT. Spex posted a chart showing 80% DHT blocking affect with 1mg+ daily doses. 0.5mg was about 70%, 0.25mg 60%...
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