A 21-year-old male asked:
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i m 21,m balding in temporo-frontal area. my dermatologist has prescribed minoxidil.is finasteride not a better option. is it safe?

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Though: not an expert, topical minoxidil is more effective and less adverse effect than finasteride for male pattern baldness though neither is highly effective
Answered on Oct 15, 2015
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Finasteride: Finasteride is much more effective. Side effects are not common. It also reduces the risk of prostate enlargement or cancer. Best use is to get a 5mg tablet and use a pill cutter to get 4 pieces. Many people use both minoxidil and finasteride.
Answered on Oct 16, 2015
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Dr. James Lin
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Great advice. But don't expect good result on all users; if ineffective from available care, one has to learn to adopt and adapt to whatever the life might have brought to him; of course, keep on a close watch if there could be something new coming up in medicine for your condition.
Oct 13, 2015

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That's funny: Maybe it's because they are secure enough about their appearance that they don't feel the need for hair.
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Don't do it: It doesn't sound to me that it is worth the risk to you so just tell your doctor that. He will adjust. You can also discuss hair transplant.
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