I am a 35 yr. old African-American and seem to be losing my hair in just the frontal area. I have taken Propecia since August 2005 and maintained well the first six months. However, in the last three months I’ve noticed heaving shedding and my frontal area is getting much thinner. Would I be considered a non-responder?
Propecia is probably still working, probably holding on to some of the hair you have. If you should stop it now, you might see considerable hair loss. Do you really want to try that? This creates a real pickle (quandry) for most men in your situation. Stop it and risk acceleration of hair loss or keep on it for life? I do not have the answer for you. I doubt that you are a non-responder if you really have genetic balding, but without an in-person examination I’m just making assumptions. Get your hair mapped out for miniaturization and at the least, find out if you really have genetic balding. Then, with more information in your hand, you can make a more informed decision.