+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2008

    Cool Propecia question(s)...

    I've been taking propecia for about 8 months now and have not been really to impressed with the product. I will continue to take it for a while in hopes that it maybe just taking some time for it to kick in gear. My first question is that i noticed that the pill comes in a 1mg and a 5mg form. Im wondering what is the diff really between the two? Perhaps I should jump on the 5mg if I do not see any results? My second question is concerning the fact that some people take only half of the pill daily. Should I save my $ and only take half a pill a day if it gives the same result?


  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Charlotte, NC

    Default robberob ~ Propecia Question

    Hello Rob-

    You asked a good question and one that is common among first time Rx Propecia users.

    First off, at eight months you should be seeing perhaps less hair shedding [even though this is tough to see in guys with shorter hair]. However, yes the propecia is working!!!! but it will take between 18 - 24 months to really see the results [which are best seen utilizing digital photography ... As you will not remember what your hair loss may have looked like 2 years earlier].

    But the Finasteride [aka: Propecia] is blocking the DHT .... And hence you will be re-growing the 'vellus' [aka: thinning hairs] back to a Terminal or good strong hair by that time.

    Yes, there is a difference between the 5mg and 1mg Finasteride!!! The 5mg Finasteride [aka: Proscar] is used in the higher dosage for older men with BPH [Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy ... or simply put = Enlargement of the Prostate].

    The 1mg Finasteride [aka: Propecia] is used to stimulate hair re-growth [but, remember, it can only stimulate the vellus hairs ... if you were to absolutely have no vellus hair on the scalp, you would see no results!!!!]

    As I tell my patients, 1mg Finasteride can NOT make a hair from thin air ... It can only stimulate the vellus hairs to return to a Terminal hair state [i.e. A fuller hair shaft ... therefore giving the appearance of fuller hair]!!!

    This is a tough concept ... But think about it like this ---- If you had a ten thousand hairs on your head in the before picture ... you would have ten thousand hairs [but fuller and thicker shafted] 2 years later while on the Finasteride!

    Also FYI --- Finasteride is Finasteride is Finasteride!!!! Propecia was not invented for Hair Loss ... But was a spin off from the side effects of the 5mg PROSCAR utilized in older men with BPH!!! It was reported that they grew 'new' hair!!!

    So Merck simply did studies to evaluate what was the lowest dosage form that would decrease DHT production ... and hence 'grow' hair!!

    They tested 0.1mg, 1mg, 3mg, 5mg, & 10mg ..... And yes, you guest it ... the 1mg dosage was the answer ... And hence 'Propecia' was born/created.

    They are the 'Same' medication [Finasteride] ... But different dosages!!!

    Because I feel that Merck charges way to much for this product [And really had no further R&D in the product] .... I provide my patients with 'C.F.' [I.e. Compounded Finasteride] which is simply my formulation of 1.1mg Finasteride + Biotin + Selenium ..... Which is at a much reduced cost!!!!

    You can contact me directly if you have further questions.

    Best Regards,

    Mark D. Baxa, M.D.

    Office: 704-335-1212

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009


    You have to stick with it like Dr. Baxa said. You'll be surprised how much hair you save even if you don't see any more growing.

Similar Threads

  1. Question re. Propecia Persistence Coupon
    By hereitgoes in forum Introduce Yourself & Share Your Story
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-27-2009, 11:47 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts


hair transplant surgeons

» The Bald Truth

» Recent Threads

4.5 Month update - propecia
08-10-2016 01:43 AM
Last Post By Gman3200
Today 06:49 PM
Diffuse thinning or telogen effluvium?
06-16-2017 03:50 PM
Last Post By Contradictedsoul
Today 06:19 PM
21 yo male receding hairline - Big 3 or something different ?
04-14-2017 10:53 AM
Last Post By GroughBack
Today 06:17 PM
No Bald Ken Dolls?
Today 05:59 PM
by Ahab
Last Post By Ahab
Today 05:59 PM
im 18. In your opinion, should I be worried?
Today 04:48 PM
by jqf1
Last Post By jqf1
Today 04:48 PM
Why can't a 20 year old have a hair transplant?
Today 03:09 PM
Last Post By Stormsinger
Today 03:23 PM