Does Propecia Work for Life or Does it Stop Working Over Time?April 2nd, 2015
Q: Can Propecia (finasteride) completely halt androgenic alopecia for the duration of your lifetime, or does it just slow down the progression of androgenic alopecia?
A: In many patients we have found finasteride to hold on to a patient’s hair for at least 15 years. We don’t have much longer data than that since it was approved for hair loss in 1998. Although finasteride will usually continue to work as long as you take it, it may lose some of its efficacy over time. Generally after about 5 years we may notice that the patient’s hair is starting to thin again and we will increase the dose slightly. It is important to understand that even if someone thins on finasteride it doesn’t mean the medicine is not working, because they might have thinned much more without it. To my knowledge, there are no studies that have looked at the effects of finasteride for such an extended period of time.
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Topic: Drugs (Medications)
Tags: Finasteride Long-Term Effects, Propecia (Finasteride), Propecia Duration, Propecia Long-term Effects, Rossi Study of Propecia Long-term Effects Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on April 2nd, 2015 at 4:59 pm