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    Finasteride and Rogaine

    Hi, so I'm 21 years old and have been noticeably balding since 18 or so. As it currently stands I have a noticeably receding hair line and am thinning everywhere else. I just started taking Finasteride about a month ago, and I plan to use Rogaine 6 months into the treatment.

    My question is: Say I use Finasteride and it works for me, and I use the Rogaine to regrow the hair at the front of my head and it works, could I then stop using the Rogaine and just stick with the finasteride to keep the hair I regrew? Would the hair I gained with Rogaine be sustained on the Finasteride treatment, or would it fall off when I stop using Rogaine? It would be awesome to regrow my hair, but if Rogaine is something I'd have to use all my life regardless, then I wouldn't really feel it's worth it.

    Would much appreciate knowledgeable answers on this, whether they're a case study or just anecdotal.

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    Re: Finasteride and Rogaine

    Finasteride is rather famous for not being able to maintain hair grown by Rogaine! There's even a medical journal article that was written on that very same subject!

    By the way, the word "finasteride" isn't capitalized in the middle of a sentence. It's just the common name of a chemical, it's not a "proper name".
    1) No, damnit, finasteride for hairloss was NOT an "accidental discovery".
    2) No, you do NOT have to use minoxidil and Retin-A at the same time.
    3) No, washing your skin does NOT make it produce more sebum.

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    Re: Finasteride and Rogaine

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan
    By the way, the word "finasteride" isn't capitalized in the middle of a sentence. It's just the common name of a chemical, it's not a "proper name".
    Damn, and I do that all the time.

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    Re: Finasteride and Rogaine

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan
    Finasteride is rather famous for not being able to maintain hair grown by Rogaine! There's even a medical journal article that was written on that very same subject!
    Do you have a link to that article or any similar articles?

    *Edit* - Is there anything that's been shown to regrow hair and can be maintained with finasteride?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan
    By the way, the word "finasteride" isn't capitalized in the middle of a sentence. It's just the common name of a chemical, it's not a "proper name".
    Yea I kinda thought so, thanks

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    Re: Finasteride and Rogaine

    Quote Originally Posted by matt2793
    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan
    Finasteride is rather famous for not being able to maintain hair grown by Rogaine! There's even a medical journal article that was written on that very same subject!
    Do you have a link to that article or any similar articles?
    No. All I have is a paper copy of the article itself.

    Quote Originally Posted by matt2793
    *Edit* - Is there anything that's been shown to regrow hair and can be maintained with finasteride?
    My guess is that finasteride would probably be able to maintain (or at least PARTLY maintain) hair grown with antiandrogens and other 5a-reductase inhibitors.
    1) No, damnit, finasteride for hairloss was NOT an "accidental discovery".
    2) No, you do NOT have to use minoxidil and Retin-A at the same time.
    3) No, washing your skin does NOT make it produce more sebum.

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