Hair shedding after use of Minoxidil 10% after 6 months and Dutasteride 0.5mg for 2 months?

I had been on Dutasteride for 2 months along with Minoxidil 10%. But fearing side effects of Dutasteride, I stopped its usage and then continued with only Minoxidil 10% on a regular basis for 4 months. It has been total of 6 months of treatment. Till now, the hair had stopped falling, but now all of a sudden the hair fall has increased. Is it because I only use Minoxidil and not Dutasteride? Should I resume taking Dutasteride?

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Understanding Hair loss and treatment options: prp and progesterone

Yes, stopping Dutasteride caused another hair fall. I suggest seeing a hair loss expert to evaluate and go over your condition and provide you information about your best treatment options. Minoxidil works well in combination with other treatments. There are great non-invasive options like PRP/progesterone and/or hair transplantation. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer


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Hair loss after stopping dutasteride

If you fear the side effects of dutasteride you should not take this medication. You might wish to sit down face to face with your hair physician and review the medication details again. All in all, it does seem that you were effectively treating your hair loss and the hair cycle was switching back to normal parameters. Now when you stopped the dutasteride, you triggered a shed again. 

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