Should I switch 10% minoxidil to 5%?

I m using 10% minoxidil since 5 month as I m suffering hair fall and it is noticeable..my doctor put me on it.but it does not show any result yet not even single hair come. Should it switch to 5 % now?? I m using propecia since 2 months also

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It is best to discuss medication changes with your doctor. In general the normal dose of topical minoxidil is

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It is best to discuss medication changes with your doctor.  In general the normal dose of topical minoxidil is 5% applied twice a day.


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Minoxidil and hair shedding

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If 10% did not work, then 5% won't work either. After a 5 month trial, it is likely that Minoxidil is of no benefit to you. Hopefully you will have better results from the Propecia. If after 4 months that does not work, you have two options left:  LLLT and PRP. If these fail, then your only option is a hair transplant. 

Minoxidil 10 % - Should I switch to 5 %

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Now that you've started Propecia, I suspect you'll get some decreased shedding. Make sure you see a hair expert. It's going to be hard to tell if minoxidil is helping or Propecia is helping. But a hair expert can work through all these issues. 

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist

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It can take 6-8 months to see improvement with Minoxidil. I suggest seeing a hair loss expert to evaluate and go over your condition and provide you information about your best treatment options. There are great non-invasive options like PRP/progesterone which work well in combination with Minoxidil. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

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