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    Hello all, this is my first post. I have a couple questions and would appreciate any advice given. Iím twenty-three, and only in the past year began to notice my temples receding; theyíre back pretty far but theyíre easily hidden. Also during the past few months I now see that my hair is thinner on the top, front part of my head. Itís only in certain light, but I can definitely see my scalp more than Iíd like. But, as far as I can tell, my hair isnít falling out (at least not in the traditional sense). I scrub vigorously with shampoo for a couple minutes every day in the shower and less than ten hairs come out on average.

    As far as family history is concerned, everyone on my motherís side is totally bald (uncle, great-uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather), but absolutely no one on my fatherís side is affected.

    Iím interested in starting finasteride. I know the risks, and Iím willing to try it anyway. My question for you all is should I begin taking it now, or wait until it is clear that Iím suffering from MPB. As of right now I have a pretty good head of hair; I donít think anyone but me notices at all. I would hate to start medicating myself unnecessarily now, but then again, Iíd hate to wait a year and regret not starting it earlier. What do you all think?

    I do have a few additional questions if you wouldnít mind:

    Iíve noticed that my scalp seems to itch more now than before; is there usually itchiness associated with going bald, or do I just have a dry scalp?

    If I were to begin finasteride, I understand that many experience some symptoms throughout the first few weeks, and then for the majority, they go away? Is that true?

    How long into my usage without symptoms would you think that itís safe to say that I have not been affected? 6 months? 1 year?

    Iíve read about how people go through a shedding phase, and generally thatís a good sign. Would that still be considered a good sign if Iím only in the very early stages of balding, where Iím really not losing much hair to begin with?

    Anyway, Iím sorry for the long post, but if some of you have experience and wouldnít mind answering my questions, it would be greatly appreciated.

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    might as well start early...
    regrowing hair is harder than keeping it, so why would you wait for more hair to fall?

    anyways, most people that start fin are above the baseline after 5 years.
    Only 2% of people get side effects, so vast majority(98%) of people will have no side effects from this drug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoffrey View Post

    If I were to begin finasteride, I understand that many experience some symptoms throughout the first few weeks, and then for the majority, they go away? Is that true?
    They may or may not go away. Most probably do but some people claim permanent side effects. Its the reason why I'm not willing to risk it. Also some people quit due to temporary side effects or lack of results.

    TABLE 1. Drug-Related Adverse Experiences for Propecia (finasteride 1 mg) in Year 1 (%) MALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS
    Propecia
    N=945
    Decreased Libido 1.8
    Erectile Dysfunction 1.3
    Ejaculation Disorder
    (Decreased Volume of Ejaculate) 1.2 (0.8)
    Discontinuation due to drug-related sexual adverse experiences 1.2

    The study does not say whether side effects were temporary or permanent nor the percentage in that sense.

    These percentages are for individual disorders.. If added together(no overlaping) it comes to 5,5% of users who have suffered side effects according to this study. This is for 1mg daily.

    There is one more table for side effects of 5mg Finasteride where combined adds up to 20,4%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoffrey View Post
    If I were to begin finasteride, I understand that many experience some symptoms throughout the first few weeks, and then for the majority, they go away? Is that true?
    The majority of males who use Finasteride do not experience side effects. Only a small percentage do. Only a small percentage of that already small percentage experience persistant side effects. At this time no one knows why this very small percentage of males experience this. However, there is very strong evidence that in most cases it is a psychosomatic result of fear mongering.

    I know many males who use Finasteride. I do not know any males in real life who have experienced these side effects. I've only read about it online. Almost every instance I have read about has been obvious fear mongering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoffrey View Post
    Hello all, this is my first post. I have a couple questions and would appreciate any advice given. Iím twenty-three, and only in the past year began to notice my temples receding; theyíre back pretty far but theyíre easily hidden. Also during the past few months I now see that my hair is thinner on the top, front part of my head. Itís only in certain light, but I can definitely see my scalp more than Iíd like. But, as far as I can tell, my hair isnít falling out (at least not in the traditional sense). I scrub vigorously with shampoo for a couple minutes every day in the shower and less than ten hairs come out on average.

    As far as family history is concerned, everyone on my motherís side is totally bald (uncle, great-uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather), but absolutely no one on my fatherís side is affected.

    Iím interested in starting finasteride. I know the risks, and Iím willing to try it anyway. My question for you all is should I begin taking it now, or wait until it is clear that Iím suffering from MPB. As of right now I have a pretty good head of hair; I donít think anyone but me notices at all. I would hate to start medicating myself unnecessarily now, but then again, Iíd hate to wait a year and regret not starting it earlier. What do you all think?

    I do have a few additional questions if you wouldnít mind:

    Iíve noticed that my scalp seems to itch more now than before; is there usually itchiness associated with going bald, or do I just have a dry scalp?

    If I were to begin finasteride, I understand that many experience some symptoms throughout the first few weeks, and then for the majority, they go away? Is that true?

    How long into my usage without symptoms would you think that itís safe to say that I have not been affected? 6 months? 1 year?

    Iíve read about how people go through a shedding phase, and generally thatís a good sign. Would that still be considered a good sign if Iím only in the very early stages of balding, where Iím really not losing much hair to begin with?

    Anyway, Iím sorry for the long post, but if some of you have experience and wouldnít mind answering my questions, it would be greatly appreciated.
    Never had an issue with proscar, use 1mg per day.

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