Should I still continue using Minoxidil even if I'm losing more hair since I started treatment? (Photo)

i'm also taking finasteride and it worked for me, i was losing less hair (a lot less) but since my doctor put me on Minoxidil too my hair been sticky, i have flakes and losing more hair than before! so my second question is if i should continue the treatment or not? he said three drops every morning p.s: my doctor also gave me an anti dandruff shampoo to use

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Understanding Hair loss and hair loss treatment options: hair transplant, prp and progesterone

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It can take 3-6 months for final results with Minoxidil and Finasteride and there can be an initial hair shed. I recommend getting a formal evaluation with a hair loss expert to go over your test results, condition and advise you on best treatment options. In our office, we use progesterone and prp with great results. Hair transplantation is an alternative. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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You must continue to use this drug for at least a year to see value. The hair that you get will be dependent upon the minxodil so when you decide to stop it, what new hair you have may fall out

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair loss with minoxidil.

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It's normal to lose hair in the first 8 weeks of minoxidil treatment. If it extends beyond 12 weeks, that is concerning, but otherwise it is very normal. If you have limited hair loss 3 drops is appropriate or if he is concerned about any other issue that is appropriate too. Please see you doctor to review if you concerns persist. 

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist

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