Concerns About Shedding From Propecia - What Are The Chances It Will Occur?

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I have spent countless hours researching hair loss including getting bombarded by television, radio, internet, etc etc. It’s nice to be able to read a website (The Bald Truth & IAHRS) and listen to someone with obvious knowledge in the field. I know you always write a disclaimer in your emails that you’re not a doctor but I’m willing to bet you know more about the subject of hair loss, physically and emotionally than 99% of the doctors out there.

I have 2 questions and I appreciate any time you put into responding. I am 32 years old and first noticed I started thinning when I was about 25. I haven’t done a thing for it but to be honest it’s been really gradual. I’m currently about a stage 3 on the scale (I forget the name) so it’s definitely time to either “shave it or save it”.

I am going to start using Propecia, hopefully I didn’t wait too long to get that working. I’m just wondering about the ‘shedding’ phase. It doesn’t mention it on the Propecia website and I haven’t been able to find much credible information on this. I’m just wondering what the chances are of this occurring, and if it does happen how much shedding given the worst case scenario?

I am also going to start using the Laser Hairbrush so I guess I won’t be able to say which works better or at all on their own, but I hope that the duo does something for me.

Can you offer any advice on if this and if you think it is a good plan, and also about the shedding process likelihood and severity?

I appreciate your response and I’m glad I found your show to listen to as well.

Thank you

As always, I have to state clearly that I am not a physician and that my opinions and knowledge concerning hair loss and its treatment are based on extensive research and reporting on the subject as a consumer advocate and hair loss educator.

In my opinion early intervention with FDA approved medical treatment is the key to success when it comes to effectively treating your hair loss.

From what you wrote, it doesn’t sound like you’ve progressed dramatically, so I think you have a good chance of having success with Propecia.

As far as the dreaded “Propecia shed, ” the truth is there really is no clinical data that I am aware of that acknowledges this as a common phenomenon, but I do believe that there is enough anecdotal data available which indicates that it can happen.

From what I know, if you do experience a shed, it is almost always temporary. In my opinion, if you really want to effectively attempt to treat your hair loss, finasteride should always be your first line of attack.

In reality you have two choices, take a 5a-Reductase Inhibitor and potentially stop your hair loss and regrow some hair, or not to take one and lose your hair.


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Not everyone responds to the same products...

... in the same way. Propecia is the best thing in the world for some and has no effect in others. Same goes for Rogaine or any other hair loss treatment. Sometimes the products work a little, a lot, or not at all. I'm sorry to say that finding what works for you may wind up being a case of trial and error. I wish you luck in finding the info you seek.

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These creams include Minoxidil, Propecia and Rogaine. "Because it's an hormonal thing, we have no end of research being done in order to speed the process up for finding treatment for hair loss," Dr Oates explained.

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