View Full Version : Minoxidil and propecia first, then wean off minoxidil?

06-09-2009, 09:39 AM
I've been reading about different hair loss treatments: from what I understand so far the specific action of minoxidil is not properly understood but it has been shown to be effective in regrowing hair. I'm thinking, if after a year or so of minoxidil and propecia usage there has been successful regrowth would it not be possible to preserve that hair with propecia and slowly wean off the minoxidil? Or is the minoxidil superfluous if one is using propecia anyhow? I've read on this forum the opinion that there's no point in introducing both propecia and minoxidil simultaenously, it's better to wait a year with propecia alone to see the results before considering minoxidil. Is this the commonly held view?

Dr. Glenn Charles
07-18-2009, 06:40 PM
There are some doctors who feel the combination is more effective than either treatment alone. There is always the concern if a patient comes to see a doctor and has already been using Minoxidil. There is no problem adding Propecia to the regimen. However, there is a concern that if the Minoxidil was actually preserving some hair, and the doctor recommends discontinuing its use that there might be a sudden fall out. Most would recommend that if you have been using both products together and have been relatively stable, than you should probably continue without making any changes.

10-30-2015, 03:33 PM
The two are synergistic so dropping one will cause hair loss.