Is Finasteride for life?
No, Finasteride is not for the rest of your Life.
But it surely is for the rest of the Life of your hair!
Most young men respond incredibly well to Finasteride. However, unfortunately it is not the cure for baldness. As long as it is used, it will shield you from the ill effects of DHT if you are susceptible.
Hair loss is a tightly fought battle and it takes no prisoners.
If you wish to stop the advance of male pattern baldness, the only arrow you have in your quiver is Finasteride.
Stop being misguided. People play up to your deepest fears and you cling to the ray of hope they provide. This sense of hope they enkindle is the blinkers you wear and the best of minds will not be able to see through the fact that these companies seek to profit from your misfortune, and this is their sole objective.
The definition of the phrase ‘Root Cause’ as per Collins Dictionary is- ‘the fundamental reason for the occurrence of a problem’.
No where else does this phrase allude to the literal sense of the word ‘ROOT”.
The basis of hair loss the root cause of hair loss due to androgenic alopecia is the deleterious effect DHT causes on our hair roots if we are susceptible.
If you are of rational mind, you don’t take a knife to a gunfight. Similarly when the root cause of androgenic alopecia is known you will make all out efforts to address the root cause of the problem -the influence of DHT on your hair roots.
For besides the attack of DHT on follicles, there is no other significant cause of baldness.
So coming to the question, how long do I need to take Finasteride for:
(a) If you are under 25 and with signs of progression of male pattern
baldness to higher grades V-VII with a strong family history, you need to straightaway go onto Finasteride if your treating doctor declares you eligible to take this medication. You may need to continue to take it till your hair loss stabilizes at the age 35-45.
(b) On the other hand if your baldness is stable and you are 25 and you do not have a strong family history of androgenic alopecia, and your baldness falls in the lesser grades of baldness i.e. II-III, just take Finasteride for 6 months and then follow-up frequently with your doctor.
(c) If you are 35-45 or above and baldness is not progressive, you can skip Finasteride after 6 months if you are not a strong advocate of consuming the drug in the long term without much loss of ground.
(d) If a hair transplant was done in your case with a miniaturised or miniaturising scalp donor, you will need to take the drug for life (e) If your procedure was done at an age less than 25 and now you see that your scalp donor and your planted hairs are miniaturizing, you need to
take the medication for life.
Another important question, what does a 25 year old do if he has experienced side effects but wishes to continue Finasteride?
Well, this is the most painful question for me to answer and a difficult solution to arrive at. I would recommend that this patient should switch to a customized microdose of Finasteride, start low and build up to the microdose
that controls your hair loss without causing side effects. Many would find this individualized patient specific sweet spot of Finasteride dose. Its effectivity is further enhanced by following the 5 strategies to optimize low does Finasteride. Following a customised dosage regimen and titrating it as months
and years pass is best done in consultation with a competent hair loss doctor.
Remember, effective hair loss management spans not months and years but a decade or 2 or more. So once the die is cast, once you have been started on an effective treatment regimen, do not change your doctor. Changing horses mid-
stream is the bane of many hair loss treatments that are initially effective.
Select your treating doctor once, select him well!
In a nutshell, and as covered in my previous videos, till such time your baldness is not stable you need to take Finasteride. If your baldness gene is active and refuses to switch off like I discussed in this video link of which is in the description below, you need to stay the course on Finasteride.
So let’s not waste time. If you are serious about your hair loss, let’s get to the root of the problem as soon as we can without undue procrastination.
And, believe me, there will never be a medication that will surpass or replace Finasteride in effectivity and safety profile in the next decade or more.