I have a question regarding to the use of 0.5mg or 1 mg propecia.
I’m a 23 year old male and i started using 0.5mg propecia since september 2008. Its a pitty that my hairline havent grown back, but my hair looks thicker and much healthier. And the hairs are not falling out anymore. And the side-effects are minimal to none, so thats great!
But I started using 0.5 mg instead of 1 mg because I thought i can begin low and when its needed i can always increase later. But now im actually curious what the results are when i increase the medication. Do you think its worth the try? And can there be any problems when i go back to 0.5mg later (that the drug then maybe isnt working optimal anymore because my body is used than to 1mg or something?)?
Also I just want to note: Because of the many negative news on the internet about propecia side-effects. I doubted for almost a year to begin with using propecia. Since I use it, i can almost shoot myself that i didnt begin with it immediately. I could have saved probably so many hairs!!
Thanks for sharing the positive results with Propecia, even with just half a dose. Often times the success (or positive) stories of Propecia aren’t expressed on the Internet forums and websites because of our human nature. We seem to express our anger and share negative experiences in public more often.
I would discuss your results and goals with the doctor who prescribed you the medication. There are studies that show that a half dose may be 80% as effective as a full dose. While I am happy with your results, there are things about your story that trouble me. First, you are driving the process by the side effects you MIGHT get, not the optimal dose of the medication. Propecia generally does not work for restoring frontal hairline loss. At best Propecia may slow down a receding hairline. Drugs (like Propecia) do not just “stop” working. It is often difficult for patients to understand that Propecia may still be working as it slows down hair loss. If you are taking Propecia thinking that it will regrow hair or reverse hair loss completely, you are in for a big disappointment. In the end if you are going to go bald you will go bald. Propecia will slow this process down, but not stop it completely. In other words, Propecia will continue to work even if you notice that you are losing hair.
Finally, you are experimenting on yourself by changing medication doses around and asking for medical opinions without a physical examination (miniaturizationstudy). I cannot give you a recommendation one way or another because I don’t know if you even needed the medication in the first place. Hair loss is a medical and physiologic process. As such, I recommend that you discuss dosing with your doctor.