Say one starts taking propecia once minor thinning is first noticed in a young male the age of 19-20. Say propecia reveres the minor thinning and maintain the hair until your 50s. Is it possible to get off of propecia at 50 since Androgen levels are at their highest in our 20s-30s? I’m a 20 year old male with my juvenile hairline but with very minor crown (literally unnoticeable only to me it is) thinning…I’m hoping that could be the case for me and others in my situation. Also…is it likely propecia will work very well in my case?
Since the medication hasn’t been available for 30 years, it’s easy to see why there is no 30 year study available on Propecia (finasteride 1mg) to answer your question with any certainty. If I had to guess though, I would say:
- Propecia will not usually stop the balding process over a 10 year time frame (let alone a 30 year timeline)
- If it did stop the hair loss for 30 years and the genetic pattern was substantially more than you have now, then stopping the Propecia (even after 30 years) would cause accelerated hair loss
As to whether the medication will work “very well” for you, I couldn’t say for sure, but if you start taking it when the loss is early you have a great shot at seeing benefits, particularly since your loss is in the crown. Propecia tends to work best in the crown and for young men with early loss.