Propecia. Will shedding stop whilst only taking half a tablet?

Tricologist said take half a tablet daily for 8 weeks , if no symptoms take the full one daily after that ... Is this good advice ? Will shedding stop whilst only taking half a tablet?

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Hair loss -- PRP, Progesterone, Viviscal, Rogaine, Finesteride, Spironolactone, follicular unit (FUE) hair transplantation/ARTAS

Propecia at lower doses will be less effective at stopping hair loss, but should still halt some loss. Hair restoration takes a combination treatment, including PRP and progesterone. Please see an expert. Best, Dr. Emer 


Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hair loss -- PRP, Progesterone, Viviscal, Rogaine, Finesteride, Spironolactone, follicular unit (FUE) hair transplantation/ARTAS

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Propecia at lower doses will be less effective at stopping hair loss, but should still halt some loss. Hair restoration takes a combination treatment, including PRP and progesterone. Please see an expert. Best, Dr. Emer 


Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 202 reviews

Titrating finasteride dose

Your note does not say if you will go to the full 1mg after that.  Finasteride is like a vitamin - it only works as long as you take it.  The cycle of the hair follicle also means that ANY treatment will take a year to show results.  A full year is therefore needed to stop your hair loss - not just 8 weeks.  I think it is ok to start at the 1/2 tab, especially for trying to avoid side effects, but it will not stop your shedding entirely.
Good luck!

Titrating finasteride dose

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Your note does not say if you will go to the full 1mg after that.  Finasteride is like a vitamin - it only works as long as you take it.  The cycle of the hair follicle also means that ANY treatment will take a year to show results.  A full year is therefore needed to stop your hair loss - not just 8 weeks.  I think it is ok to start at the 1/2 tab, especially for trying to avoid side effects, but it will not stop your shedding entirely.
Good luck!

Reduced dosing

In the original studies on dosing finasteride (Propecia) the published dosages suggested that have the pill taken daily was 80% as effective in treating hair loss as the full one mg pill of Propecia

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

Reduced dosing

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In the original studies on dosing finasteride (Propecia) the published dosages suggested that have the pill taken daily was 80% as effective in treating hair loss as the full one mg pill of Propecia

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

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