View Full Version : Merck says they havent heard of my Propecia reaction?

01-09-2012, 11:16 PM
I am 23 and have been receding since 16 and it is pretty obvious now. I am seeking any help I can get from somebody as I don't know what to think of my reaction to Propecia. I started taking it on July 1, 2011 and after about two months saw amazing results. My hair felt stronger, looked way fuller, and was not falling out at all. Then about a month or two later, it seems like the drug stopped working. I am now in month 6 and my hair looks like it did before I started propecia. I am constantly losing hairs, it is thinner, and the back of my head is starting to show bald spots.

Is this just part of the shedding cycle? I called Merck and they said they have never heard of it working so well for somebody for 2 months and then stopping. Did I build up an immunity to this drug? Will it start working again? I know people say to stay on it for a year so I am willing to do that, but I have never seen people see results, have the results stop, and then the positive results start again. It usually is people who have yet to see results at all.

Oddly, I had a similar reaction when I used Saw Palmetto last year. Worked fantastically for two months and then completely stopped working.

Anybody have some insight? It would be greatly appreciated

Tracy C
01-09-2012, 11:44 PM
Is this just part of the shedding cycle?

Sounds like it. If you are not having any side effects, you should stick with it for the full 12 months. Treating hair loss takes a long time. It is not a quick process.

01-10-2012, 07:11 AM
but is it possible for a shedding cycle to last so long? can anybody share if they had a similar experience?

Tracy C
01-10-2012, 08:34 AM
How much you will shed is dependant on how many damaged hair follicles you have and how long they have been damaged.

During the first two years of treating my hair loss I went through three separate periods of shedding. I stuck with treatment and I grew some hair back.

01-10-2012, 04:26 PM
Thanks for the input. How long did some of your sheds last? Mine is close to three months already and I just cant tell if its simply my normal hair loss pattern again.