Hi Dr. Rassman,
I’ve been on Propecia and Rogaine for 3 years and have been delighted with the results……up until now. Propecia and Rogaine thickened the hair all over my scalp and slowed the regression of my hairline. Unfortunately, it’s becoming apparent that my crown is now thinning, an area that had been strong prior to treatment.
I’m 28 now, and, if possible, I’d like to keep my crown hair for another few years, what are my options?
1) Would upping propecia dosage ever be advisable for a 28 year old?
2) Should I consider Avodart off-limits until it is FDA approved for hair loss?
3) What would you do if you were in this situation?
I’ve a check up with the doctor (who I’m very happy with) that originally prescribed the treatment in a couple of weeks, and will pose the same questions to him. However, your opinion is really important to me, and will help inform any decisions I may have to make. All the best
Upping the dose of Propecia (finasteride) usually does not work in your situation. Rogaine (minoxidil) is fairly effective in the crown and worth trying. Avodart (dutasteride) is an option and some doctors will prescribe it, however, the long term risks of sterility are there (probably remote), and the side effects are more frequent than on Propecia.
Try the minoxidil and give it at least 6 months. Then reassess your situation.