What I want to know was that I may have stunted my growth by taking finasteride at age 19? I don’t have genetic hairloss although the doctors said I have (without testing) and unfortunately just prescribed me the proscar/minoxidil/nizoral combo.
It’s fairly common for adult males to grow some more (in average 2-3 inches, but can be a lot more aswell) in their early twenties. So I wonder that the sudden hairloss i experienced just at my 20th could have been the (agressive) start of a new growth spurt, which I have blocked by taking finasteride.
As i read on a question you answered before: by blocking DHT there’s about 15% more testosterone which will be converted to estrogen. It’s well known that estrogen (in the end) results in closure of the (long bone) growth plates, thus meaning the end of growth for an adult. So I would like to know if finasteride can affect your growth, for the record, why else is it forbidden to take finasteride before age 18?
I thank you for your answer.
To my knowledge there is no evidence that finasteride can stunt growth. What you are talking about is theory and to look for that answer, the drug company would have had to conduct a study of people under 18, finding out if there is a different height/weight in those on the drug some years later. Such a study, to my knowledge, did not happen.
Recent hair loss does occur in spurts in some men. I do not see an contraindication for Propecia in you, but if you think that it is responsible for stunted growth, then stop taking it.