Been on finasteride since 1998. Kept most of my hair apart from slow receding hair line. All males in my family at my age are completly bald. However, I've developed severe dry eyes in 2007 and only recently seen research to show Finasteride could have been the cause. So I took a 6 month break from Finasteride for the first time in all these years. Having recently re-commenced Finasteride one month ago, my eyes are worse than ever!! I believe during the 6 months I was off Finasteride my eyes improved, but my hairline receded more and more scalp was showing on forehead (never had that before). It's a catch 22. My question is, if I stop finasteride permanently, is it possible to keep my hair with topical lotions? I have Clive Clinics Kanko Stimulant (containing Azelaic acid, Takanal, Zinc, B6) and Minoxidil. What else could I use? Some of the members here are using other products I've never heard about such as RU ?? ... I'm also looking into getting long term laser treatment along with the topicals if I stop Finasteride. But I am worried. Any advice?