I am 32 male, and have been losing hair slowly for 12 years. It has started increasing in the last couple of years. I started propecia about 7 months ago. I don’t believe I have seen results, hair still coming out slowly. I also have had dandruff, mostly because I don’t wash my scalp that well because do not want to force my hair out!! My question is after 7 months should I assume it will not work for me?? And if so what should I try?
I have answered this question many times. I believe Propecia (1mg finasteride) always works on balding men, but by “working” I mean reversing, slowing, or stopping hair loss… not necessarily regrowth. In other words, you may not see the true value of the action of the drug unless you take it for a few years and then stop it. Stopping it will show catch-up hair loss, and then you will know for sure that it was working before you stopped it. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend going this route, but it would be one way of proving the medication’s effectiveness.
If you make regular miniaturization analyses of the hair, you would have an objective metric to determine its value. There are some people who do not get great benefits after 2 years of finasteride use, and there are tests that can determine if you are going to be sensitive to this medication (see HairDX Genetic Test for Finasteride Response).