Loss of hair due to use of finasteride for enlarged prostate. Need help

Stopped using finasteride and hair has started to fall out. Need help

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Loss of hair due to use of finasteride for enlarged prostate.

Loss of hair is a natural process when it is between the limits that the body can restore them. When the capacity of the body to restore the hair loss is beaten by the excessive hair loss then we can name this situation something that should be treated. Women started to experience balding even more in the last 2 decades

A chemical mixture is used in the classical hair transplantation method in order to increase the volume of the scalp. This process helps surgeon to work comfortably however it was observed that these chemicals also harm the scalp tissue. This result in decreased viability of new transplanted hair grafts.

However a mixture containing adipose derived stem cells is injected to the scalp in the “Organic Hair Transplantation” for the same purposes. Injection of this mixture result in rejuvenation of the scalp without causing any harm. Surgeon can also work more comfortably after the injection of the mixture since the volume of the scalp is increased

Loss of hair due to use of finasteride for enlarged prostate.

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Loss of hair is a natural process when it is between the limits that the body can restore them. When the capacity of the body to restore the hair loss is beaten by the excessive hair loss then we can name this situation something that should be treated. Women started to experience balding even more in the last 2 decades

A chemical mixture is used in the classical hair transplantation method in order to increase the volume of the scalp. This process helps surgeon to work comfortably however it was observed that these chemicals also harm the scalp tissue. This result in decreased viability of new transplanted hair grafts.

However a mixture containing adipose derived stem cells is injected to the scalp in the “Organic Hair Transplantation” for the same purposes. Injection of this mixture result in rejuvenation of the scalp without causing any harm. Surgeon can also work more comfortably after the injection of the mixture since the volume of the scalp is increased

Please see your doctor if you take finasteride for enlarged prostate. Finasteride is also taken for male pattern hair loss.

Please see your doctor if you take finasteride for enlarged prostate. Finasteride is also taken for male pattern hair loss.  If you stop taking the medication, the benefits will be lost.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Please see your doctor if you take finasteride for enlarged prostate. Finasteride is also taken for male pattern hair loss.

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Please see your doctor if you take finasteride for enlarged prostate. Finasteride is also taken for male pattern hair loss.  If you stop taking the medication, the benefits will be lost.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 102 reviews

Finasteride was working

It looks like finasteride was working for you and you didn't realize it.  It you don't have a medical reason not to continue taking it, you should resume.  You can also look into other options to slow future hair loss such as PRP. 

Ryan Welter, MD
Boston Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Finasteride was working

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It looks like finasteride was working for you and you didn't realize it.  It you don't have a medical reason not to continue taking it, you should resume.  You can also look into other options to slow future hair loss such as PRP. 

Ryan Welter, MD
Boston Hair Restoration Surgeon

Stopped using finasteride and had hair loss

This is not uncommon in a person who developed dependence of the hair for the drug finasteride. You may try to go back on the drug.

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Stopped using finasteride and had hair loss

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This is not uncommon in a person who developed dependence of the hair for the drug finasteride. You may try to go back on the drug.

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Stopping finasteride - shedding is common.

Finasteride has two common medical uses:

  1. the treatment of enlarged prostates in men
  2. the treatment in male balding 

If you stop finasteride AND you have male balding the breaks come off and genetic hair loss progresses again.  For many men, stopping finasteride leads to hair loss. 

If you are concerned, see your physician. 

Stopping finasteride - shedding is common.

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Finasteride has two common medical uses:

  1. the treatment of enlarged prostates in men
  2. the treatment in male balding 

If you stop finasteride AND you have male balding the breaks come off and genetic hair loss progresses again.  For many men, stopping finasteride leads to hair loss. 

If you are concerned, see your physician. 

Hairloss after stopping finesteride

The hairloss you are noticing is the hairs you gained while on the finesteride.  There are numerous mediations that can be used topically to block the effect of the surge of DHT that you are experiencing.  I recommend you to a dermatologist who specializes in hair. 

Hairloss after stopping finesteride

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The hairloss you are noticing is the hairs you gained while on the finesteride.  There are numerous mediations that can be used topically to block the effect of the surge of DHT that you are experiencing.  I recommend you to a dermatologist who specializes in hair. 

Losing hair after stopping finasteride

Finasteride, in the form of Propecia, is used to prevent male pattern baldness in men, and can actually also be used for women with thinning hair due to androgenetic alopecia.  If you've stopped finasteride and your hair has started falling out, it likely is because now that finasteride is no longer in your system, there is nothing preventing your male pattern baldness and your hair is doing what it would have done naturally.  Options could include restarting finasteride or starting minoxidil (Rogaine) twice daily.  However, other causes of hair loss exist and best to check with a doctor.

Victoria Kuohung, MD, JD
Quincy Dermatologic Surgeon

Losing hair after stopping finasteride

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Finasteride, in the form of Propecia, is used to prevent male pattern baldness in men, and can actually also be used for women with thinning hair due to androgenetic alopecia.  If you've stopped finasteride and your hair has started falling out, it likely is because now that finasteride is no longer in your system, there is nothing preventing your male pattern baldness and your hair is doing what it would have done naturally.  Options could include restarting finasteride or starting minoxidil (Rogaine) twice daily.  However, other causes of hair loss exist and best to check with a doctor.

Victoria Kuohung, MD, JD
Quincy Dermatologic Surgeon

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