It will not work as well as finasteride since it is impossible to apply it everywhere in my opinion. An annoying local reaction that women sometimes get from topical minoxidil is the development of facial hair. Long-term use should, however, cause you to lose hair at a slower rate.
Carefully trying to avoid the medication dripping down onto the temples and forehead seems to reduce, but not totally prevent, this problem. You can however add other things such as finasteride or azelaic acid. When you apply them topically they cant cancel eachother out before they absorb though, so its still smart to use them both at the same time(minox first).
The majority of patients who see an effect from minoxidil experience a delay, or decrease, in the rate of hair loss. If minoxidil is discontinued, the effects of the drug wear off within three months and the previous pattern of hair loss resumes. It is a great addition to your regimen whether you use propecia or not.
Also i thought that the foam was actually supposed to work better than the liquid is this not true. I can only use it when i feel ok to begin with. Im interested in the topical spiro as a dht blocker to possibly try however i havent heard of anyone claiming great results from it and the difficulty of managing it and the rogaine seem like it would be hard to maintain.
If a dht blocker(you can use more than a single method, oral and topical) is used, minoxidil will keep more hair in the anagen phase, while the others are being shielded from dht. But they do cause a really bad smell! The smell is somewhat annoying, but i just lessen the amount of spiro and fix the problem. However, many patients find this formulation more difficult to apply directly to the scalp where the medication actually works.
It can now be purchased without a prescription and in generic formulations in concentrations of 5 (for men) and 2 (for women). Minoxidil increases the duration of the hair follicle growth cycle (called anagen). I will add fluridil and perhaps try to get my hands on some dutasteride or so and take the dutas 1weekly or so in addition to finasteride. I understand that a lot of men are reluctant to try propecia because of the reported side effects but, as you said, results tend to be more impressive with this drug. When you look at any of the many studies done on propecia you will see the placebo group also reporting the same sides the finasteride group gets.
I am glad i took the drug and i have definitely stopped shedding. Another mechanism is that it may up-regulate adenosine, which in turn is capable of inducing several hair growth-related genes, such as fgf7 mentioned above, that was shown to be successful as a hair growth inducer. Apply the minoxidil first and have it partially dry, then add spironolactone. Minoxidil has been prescribed (off-label) in conjunction with other medications, such as topical retinoic acid (retin-a), to enhance its penetration into the skin and thus increase its effectiveness. I drink 2 sort of pills and just swap my regular shampoo with a keto shampoo.
It got progressively worse and worse and worse, then suddenly stopped instantly. I have been using it for a month now and i have had no side effects. Now i found about 20 in the sink and about 2-5 in my hand when i shower. Just because some crazy fanatics on the internet told everyone to stay away. I understand that a lot of men are reluctant to try propecia because of the reported side effects but, as you said, results tend to be more impressive with this drug.
The 5 formulation is more effective than the 2 solution, but contains propylene glycol, a compound that can irritate the scalp and can make the hair feel sticky and difficult to manage. I hope they come back stronger! I would certainly like to try propecia, however i just cant get comfortable with the sides. Studies showed that this was indeed the case, although the growth was generally modest. Applying rogaine as a foam allows convenient application to the scalp without dripping or running down the forehead or neck, and without leaving a sticky residue in the hair. I am no doctor or expert but all the evidence points to the fact that the drugs side effects have been massively over hyped. If however you decide not to use finasteride then you could try the following treatments i also recommend you rather try the liquid instead of the foam. The majority of patients who see an effect from minoxidil experience a delay, or decrease, in the rate of hair loss. Also i thought that the foam was actually supposed to work better than the liquid is this not true. The original studies on rogaine were performed on the crown, so there is a misconception that it only works in this area. When minoxidil is restarted, one generally does not regain the hair that was lost, so it is best not to stop and start the mediation, but to use it regularly.This article is about applying Rogaine Foam once per day instead of twice. ... Once Daily as Effective as Twice Daily ... How Long it Takes for Propecia to Stop ...