View Full Version : Fin dosing question and advice
02-24-2016, 08:04 PM
I'm 45 and I recently decided it was time for me to get on Fin and realize I need to do it rather quickly. I had an appt. with a dermatologist and a hair loss specialist. I was given 2 different opinions on dosing and was wondering what people thought. One Dr. told me that he would only prescribe 1mg and have me take 1/2 a pill each day. He claimed .5mg was just as effective as any other dose. The other told me that he would give me proscar and have me take 1.25mg each day. A called another derm to set up appointment and he would only prescribe 1mg so I didn't go to him.
I'm hoping to take the fin and do it as cheap as possible. Have people had success at .5mg daily? 1.25mg daily?
02-24-2016, 10:31 PM
The cheapest way is proscar, insurance is more likely to cover it because its intended to be used for your prostate and not hair. You also break the pills in quarters so you get 4 times as much. I paid next to nothing for a years supply.
02-24-2016, 11:31 PM
Given your age and if you do not have severe hair loss. Then I recommend taking 1 mg or 1.25mg 3x a week, monday - wednesday - friday.
02-25-2016, 06:02 AM
Is that dosing just as effective for maintenance? Am I more likely to get sides at a higher dose of 1.25 v.s. 1?
02-25-2016, 06:42 AM
I think people get greedy very fast and often they wait a long time before starting up and afterwards they do not have patience and wish maximum dosage since they can't wait for results.
In theory more fin should always be better, so not as effective but almost as effective would be a better term.
You are not young anymore, the reason for 3x a week is to lower chances for sides.
I think side effects are dose dependent but many people do not experience ed.
5mg fin is dirt cheap, 1mg propecia is not, that is why people use 1.25mg.
If you get sides with 1.25mg, then chances are that you will also get sides with 1mg.
02-25-2016, 07:29 AM
I started Fin this week and I decided to do Desmond`s tried and tested .25mg TWICE A WEEK. (Monday and Thursday)
After taking my second 1/4 of a pill today I am thinking, am I wasting my time taking such a little dose. It feels like I am hardly taken anything and waiting a long time to do it.
And when I see posts recommending 1mg 3x a week as a precautious measure, it makes me think what I am doing is pointless.
Desmond seemed to really advocate 0.25 twice a week.
Surely if it is a working dose, it is a revelation and would be standard.
It means my month supply is going to last a year.
But am I wasting my time?
02-25-2016, 08:17 AM
Your approach is good, 0.25mg might do the trick.
When it comes to it, it is only my opinion and I might be wrong.
Start slow, but I would move after some time if you do not get ed to minimum 0.5 mg twice a week and if you see fair results then perhaps stay at this dose or move to 3x a week.
02-25-2016, 08:57 AM
I suppose in about 8 months Ill have a definitive answer.
There are threads here of people saying that Desmond`s dose worked for them. Just seems so insignificant when I take it.
A question about upping the dose in future. You recommended 0.5mg twice a week. Is it more beneficial to do 0.25 x4 a week for more balance?
Is that better than 2 bigger hits in the week to save hormones going up and down constantly?
Any insight on this?
02-25-2016, 10:26 AM
Some "hair doctors" say that 1mg eod is a little better then 0.5mg everyday.
So from that and my own experience I think that it makes sense not to take it everyday, so that you avoid better ed.
Some users claim that everyday is better but this is more from a logical thinking, that that it will help better to keep hormones stable.
From what I read, i do not think this is true, the body is a constant homon fight inside.
The body keeps trying to make new 5α-reductase, so I would not call it stable.
The next is my own hypotese, it might be wrong, but perhaps the reason people get less sides when they do it eod is because the body produce 5α-reductase close to the site it will be used, and perhaps 5α-reductase is produced more around male external genitalia and hence you give this area a little breathing room.
But do not hold me accountable for the last part, it is mostly speculation and conjecture.
02-25-2016, 10:49 AM
So 0.5 twice a week is better than 0.25 every other day?
The bigger space is better?
02-25-2016, 11:25 AM
If you believe in the conjecture, then yes.
But if you do not have sides, then maybe 0.25mg eod would better to keep your hair, hard to say....
I think the hair difference would be minimal either way.
02-25-2016, 12:59 PM
Were you able to get a dermatologist to prescribe you Proscar? I've called 2 and they won't prescribe. I can't afford to go on Fin.
02-25-2016, 01:14 PM
We all are in different parts of the world, I just asked my danish doctor to give it to me, he is very nice and is open to hear me out.
I do not know how to acquire it the easiest way and where to buy it.