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?
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwuanswered
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Though: not an expert, topical minoxidil is more effective and less adverse effect than finasteride for male pattern baldness though neither is highly effective
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohananswered
Dermatology 59 years experience
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.
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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
Last updated Oct 16, 2015
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