I have been progressively losing hair and thinning over the last 8 years. It had become much more noticeable with a retreating on the front and thinning over the top in the last two years.
After breaking up with my partner I decided to take treatment to improve my appearance. I based the treatment on recommendation from a friend whom was also on this forum and after doing some brief reading began treatment.
My regime began in January/February 2009 with 1mg Propecia, twice daily Hair A-Gain (generic 5% topical Minoxidill) and twice a week Nizoral 2%. I actually buy the propecia as Finar (5mg tablets) from an overseas supplier and cut them up into 1/4 tablets (this is actually 1.25mg Propecia). This is MUCH cheaper then sourcing brand name product from Australia. However, sometimes I get "sensitive" & "tight" testicals which I believe is a result of the over dosage of Propecia - I normally then miss a day or two and things return to normal.
Initially after about 2 months I noticed new hairs emerging in the crown area in particular. These hairs gradually got thicker until they grew normally hair.
Overall, I am very, very happy. My hair is significantly thicker, I've had some regrowth in the crown area and people are really noticing the results. I have found that by using generic's of the above I have been able to keep the complete cost of treatment to under $400AU a year which makes things much more affordable. I will continue with treatment definately!
See photos. Of significance the photo marked 1.jpg notice the regrowth/thickening in the crown (granted the angle isn't exactly right on the photo but I think it shows significant result)
Any questions or comments appreciated.