I was reading about minoxidil and finasteride as I am wanting to start one or the other but am curious about something.
According to the wikipedia article for minoxidil, the reason minoxidil gains are lost when treatment is stopped is that DHT is then able to re-shrink the follicles unimpeded. But if finasteride inhibits or blocks DHT, shouldn’t one be able to keep minoxidil gains longer if they switch to finasteride with a, say, 6 month overlap of the two? Everything I’ve read indicates you lose everything from minoxidil if you ever stop it no matter what.
Despite how many seek information in the Internet, Wikipedia is not always a definitive or correct source of information.
Propecia (finasteride 1mg) and Rogain (topical minoxdil) does not have the same mechanism of action on hair growth. They work in different ways. Both medications will lose effectiveness once you stop using the medication. In other words, you will lose the hairs you gained when you stop the medication. Overlapping the medication or switching from one medication to another does not mean it will sustain the effects of the former medication.