It's been quite a while. I first came across these forums a few years back when I was about 20; I think I registered a username, but it's been so long I don't have the slightest idea what it was! I'd recently noticed some crown thinning and a bit of a receding hairline, and I wanted to get after it before it became a big, ugly problem. My dad is a solid NW 6 or 7, with little more than a ring of hair and a little tuft (which he's very proud of) up front, and neither of my grandfathers is much better. I certainly didn't want to take up the family tradition, and this site was instrumental in getting me to take action. I ordered some generic Propecia online (can't remember what brand), and took one mg every day until about two years ago. At that point, due to cost, I switched to generic Proscar. Since then, I've split a 5mg pill four ways and taken a quarter pill each evening.
I had a few bouts with shedding, but nothing terrible--I think I was the only one who noticed. After a while, I noticed l crown thickening and a bit of fill-in, as well as complete restoration of my front hairline (which wasn't that bad at all to begin with). Overall, my Fin experience has been great and, aside from occasional mental cloudiness, side-effect free.
Fast forward to now. I'm 25 and still using generic Proscar. Recently, though, I've noticed some itching on my scalp--this probably goes back two months or so. On a whim, I took a picture of my hair. Uh oh: thinning again. I started freaking out a bit. How could Fin have worked so well for so long, only to turn its back on me? Say it ain't so.
I figure I'm in one of five boats:
1) The generic Propecia was the real deal, but the Proscar was snake oil; every since I started using the Proscar, it's been a slow decline that's only now gotten bad enough to notice.
2) The expiration date of the Proscar is May 2012. Maybe, as its approached the end of its effective life, it's not "doing its job" as well as it once did?
3) For whatever reason, Fin is no longer effective on me. Start playing taps for me, because I'm toast.
5) Everything is still working just fine. My hair hasn't changed since the initial fill-in/thickening; it's just that I never see pictures of the top of my head.
In any event, I'm due to order some new Fin soon. What online pharmacies are best--ie: both cheap and legit? I'm also planning to add twice-a-week Nizoral to my regimen. Also, please let me know what you think of my thinning, or if you've had a similar experience with (relatively) long-term use of Fin. I've got three pictures for you: one of my hair wet and combed straight down, one with my hair wet and parted, and one with my hair dry and parted. All were taken today.