Hi. I took propecia at the 1.25mg dose for 2 years and noticed no cessation of hair loss. I’ve been off it for 2 months and am thinking of trying advodart. If I do try advodart, will it or any DHT inhibitor help the follicles that have already shrunk or are in the resting phase or should I use a combination of rogaine to help swell the follicle base and something like advodart to help reduce serum levels?
You sound like you’re trying to be your own doctor and have drawn conclusions that may not be correct. You should approach this process like a clinical scientist and get your hair mapped out for miniaturization and then have a doctor work with you on drugs or anything you need, producing a treatment plan that makes sense and is not random (a little bit of this, a little bit of that). Had you approached it that way two years ago, you would have a better hand on what is happening to you.
I can’t say whether Avodart (dutasteride) is right for you. For starters, I know nothing of your medical history. Even so, I don’t generally recommend dutasteride to my own patients since it is not FDA approved to treat hair loss — so advising someone on the Internet that isn’t even my patient about whether that prescription drug is suitable for them is definitely out of the realm of what I can offer. Since you’re on Propecia already, I’d discuss this with the doctor that prescribed that medication to you. With all that being said, you can give Rogaine (minoxidil) a try, as it is available over-the-counter.