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Doctor insights on: For Genetic Hair Loss I Am Planning To Take Propecia Will It Work For Woman

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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Together with finasteride,what do u reccomend to slow down the process of genetic hair loss?

Together with finasteride,what do u reccomend to slow down the process of genetic hair loss?

Nothing: There really isn't anything else proven to help. I should know if you check out my picture. ;-) thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Finasteride dosage I have genetic hair loss. Right now I am taking finasteride. What is the correct dosage? Does taking an increased dosage have any beneficial effect? Also the 5mg tables are very hard to cut into 4 pieces. How does one do so? Right now i

Finasteride dosage I have genetic hair loss. Right now I am taking finasteride. What is the correct dosage? Does taking an increased dosage have any beneficial effect? Also the 5mg tables are very hard to cut into 4 pieces. How does one do so? Right now i

Hello, : Hello, I am only qualified to answer a portion of your question. So, i will address that. If your dermatologist has directed you to cut the 5 mg tablet into four pieces and it is not scored as such, you may need a pill cutter. A pill cutter can be inexpensively purchased from a pharmacy. Be careful, pill cutter are very sharp. They look like little guiotines. A razor edge cuts the pill. The cut should be much more exact then you get with a knife. Please keep it out of reach of pets and children. One of the dermatologists can respond to the dosage part of your question. Take care. ...Read more

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Is minoxidil& finasteride is the best solution for pattern hair loss(genetic). How to avoid the side effects such as erectile dysfunction ? TQ docs ;)

Is minoxidil& finasteride is the best solution for pattern hair loss(genetic). How to avoid the side effects such as erectile dysfunction ? TQ docs ;)

Effective: The only medical treatments that are proven effective for baldness (other than hair transplantation) are Finasteride oral pills and Minoxidil topical. It is less expensive to purchase the 5mg pill (Proscar) and split the pills in 4 (use a pill splitter). Neither treatment causes a higher incidence of erectile dysfunction. However, smoking tobacco is strongly associated with erectile dysfunction. ...Read more

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Hair loss: trying a med called propecia (finasteride) does this work or not?

Yes: There are only two drugs that are fda approved for hair growth; Propecia (finasteride) is one and rogain is the other. Propecia (finasteride) is effective in men but not everyone will see an improvement. You have to use it for 6-12 months to see an improvement. It also works better to prevent hair loss than to help hair regrowth. ...Read more

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Hello. Can masturbating a lot while on Propecia (finasteride) cause the Propecia (finasteride) not to work and cause a lot of hair loss? Thanks

Hello. Can masturbating a lot while on Propecia (finasteride) cause the Propecia (finasteride) not to work and cause a lot of hair loss? Thanks

Unrelated: Masturbation does not cause hair loss, or any other ill-effect. It does not interfere with Propecia (finasteride). For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


Dr. Alan Bauman
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Finasteride (Definition)

Finasteride ( Proscar and Propecia (finasteride) by merck) is a synthetic type ii 5?-reductase inhibitor. This enzyme converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (dht). Finasteride is approved for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and ...Read more


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