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