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There is not competition between Minoxidil and
Finasteride. In fact, they complement each other. You don't need to use both,
but if one is not giving you result, probably the other one will... What it's important here: persistance.
Finasteride is a pill that you can take and will not take you more than 10 seconds a day.
Minoxidil is to apply on the affected areas and will not take you more than a mouth-wash: 2 minutes.
Side effects are not seen frecuently if you respect the daily recomended dossis.
Minoxidil vs Finasteride
We all know both products are good against Alopecia, but they have different results on different people. Both help to stop hair loss and without
place to doubts, they help making hair grow. The question is: Which one is better for you?
The fact is that it shouldn't be a dispute between them because the way of use is completely different.
Minoxidil is a lotion to apply in the affected areas of your scalp.
The Minoxidil's exact mechanism of action is still unknown, but it supposed to act by stimulation the of potassium channels,
preventing calcium -that sends the signal to the hair to halt growth- to enter directly into the cells.
In the other hand, Finasteride -most known as
"Propecia"-, is one tablet to be ingested daily. It works by inhibiting
production of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which is responsible for the destruction of the follicles.
Under no circumstances are drugs that compete. In fact, many people use both at the same time getting remarkable results.
Unfortunately many people have been treated with Minoxidil without enough constancy. Usually it is the first treatment to attempted, but it is also the first to be abandoned.
The reason is very simple: it usually starts with a 2% lotion to be placed once a day. After one or two months, the patient "Having no answer, gets tired and stops treatment.
Minoxidil 2% once a day, does not usually give significant results. At best, you can stop the fall of someone who has just begun
to notice symptoms, but in no way will make you grow hair.
At the Alopecia Forum you can search how people use it. You can check the
Hair Loss Treatments section and read how different drugs and lotions can help you
reach results. Remember, You should never begin a treatment without first consulting with a qualified healthcare professional.
With Finasteride, you shouldn't expect any visible result until the sixth month of use.
If you get impatient or you allow anxiety to invade your spirit, you will left the treatment. The idea is to begin treatment
asking nothing in return until have reach the sixth month.
The best thing to do is take yourself two or three pictures before, and six months later, to do the same. When comparing both
photographs, if the treatment has given you good results, you will not want to quit it.
If you have not done any treatment, try to start with one thing at a time. It will be easier for you to know what
works and what does not.
Finally, remember that all treatments requiring a few months before responding. If you are persistent, you have very high
chances to fight baldness.
Side effects are not very common, but there are cases where treatment should be stopped. It is very important to not to
overdose it, and to not try to test treatments that have not been approved by local authorities in your country.
The ideal is to inform yourself, find, select one or more treatment and then consult a professional. Never begin treatment
without consulting with a professional.