Hi all, I have a few questions regarding my receding frontal hairline, and if it's ok was hoping to hear a few opinions on what to try next.
My hairline actually began to recede about 8 years ago in 2004 when I was 22, information on hair loss was fairly sparse at the time, but something lead me to start taking 1mg of Proscar per day. This seemed to be ok, and for the next few years I had no noticeable adverse symptoms, my hairline didn't budge, and I was quit happy. Largely I took the pills and didn't think twice about it.
After a while though, I did begin to worry about the long term effects ingesting the drug might have on my body. So I started taking it in progressively smaller doses. By 2011 I was taking no more than 0.25g of Proscar every 2 to 3 days, and again my hairline held strong. So eventually I started to wonder if Proscar was even making any difference, and in September 2011 stopped taking it completely.
Fast forward to now, and since about a month ago there has been noticeable thinning and receding of the hair above my temples. I know it's my own stupid fault that it happened, but I really don't wish for it to get any worse. I suppose at the very least I now know that finasteride based drugs definitely work to prevent my hair loss.
But before I go any further with other hair loss drugs, I was hoping someone might be able to help me with my queries:
1. Given that Proscar was definitely working for me, would anyone recommend that I do go with the Regaine routine, and how long initially as a 'test' phase?
2. Should I have any expectation the Regaine could help to revitalise the recently lost hair?
3. I believe the active ingredient in the Nizoral shampoo is the same as that in Proscar, and since my main concern with taking the pills was the long term effects it might have on my body, I thought perhaps the shampoo would be a good substitute, especially as I was taking the pills in very small doses with the active ingredient still working ok. Does anyone have any comments to offer on this theory?
Sorry it's a bit wordy, I tried to keep it as concise as possible!