Why Am I Still Losing Hair (Shedding) After 6 Months on Minoxidil And Finasteride?

March 3rd, 2014

Q: I have been using an increased dosage of Propecia now for around 8 months and Rogaine for about 6 months. I know that shedding can be expected for the first 3-6 months, but I believe I am now beyond that timeframe. Have you seen cases in which these products merely exacerbate hair loss without the expected regrowth?

A: It is a bit long to still see shedding, but from my experience, either the medications are working (and you are still in the shedding phase) or you are not responding to them. I have not seen minoxidil or finasteride worsen hair loss. My advice would be to continue the same course for at least a year before re-evaluating their use.

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on March 3rd, 2014 at 2:19 pm


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