I am a 30 year old male that started taking Propecia 10 years ago. For almost that entire time, I have been very happy with the results. However, starting just 6 months ago, I have noticed a considerable amount of daily shedding, especially in the shower. I have also noticed a great deal more of recession in the hairline. To help combat this, I have started applying Rogaine Foam, and taking Procerin tablets regularly.
I am sure I will have to wait a little longer to see if the added products help combat the shedding, but my question to you, is should I increase the Propecia dosage as well? Right now I am only taking 1mg. Hair Loss is common in my family, as my two older brothers are almost completely bald. I’d like to do what I can to avoid ending up there myself. If you could share your initial thoughts with me, I’d appreciate it.
The 1mg dose recommendation is across the board, but it might be worth a try at 2mg as more and more doctors are now trying a slightly higher dose. Double check with your prescribing physician, but if you do not have side effects, go for it.
We really do not know how finasteride will alter the long term (15+ year) balding pattern. We are hopeful that it will slow the balding down, but the real question is, “Will you still eventually wind up at your final hair loss pattern?” Propecia has been on the market only about 12 years, so we don’t really have the experience over a 20 year time period.