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Topical Finasteride versus Finasteride choosing the right Pills

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Well, strictly speaking it is not so much topical finasteride versus finasteride pills, but really a combination of the two which effectively prevents hair loss due to male pattern baldness.

Finasteride pills to jump start the process and stop hair fall, and later switching to topical finasteride after hair growth stabilizes.. This is the short of it.

Yeah I know all about finasteride pills and finasteride topical, point where to buy please:

Finasteride works extremely well in addressing Alopecia or Male Pattern Balding(MPB) which occurs due to excess type - II 5a reductase enzyme. This enzyme synthesizes Dihydrotestosterone from testosterone which shrinks hair follicles in the scalp, which eventually dies if not treated.

The amount of 5a reductase enzyme produced is genetically determined. More enzyme leads to more DHT synthesized, and more hair follicle loss.

Sure fire medications that work to reverse MPB hair loss are Finasteride pills and Finasteride topical application along with Minoxidil topical application.

Hirsute pursuit is easy peasy with these three, and highly economical too.​

Topical Finasteride & Finasteride Pills – How Are They Different?

When one starts hair fall therapy, it is important to reverse hair follicle shrinking which finasteride pills in the bloodstream will immediately get to work on.

No Finasteride pills are not a magic wand, and hair will not appear overnight. This therapy which needs a prescription BTW, needs to be consistently followed for at least an year for a good head of hair. Benefits may be seen in 3 to 8 months of usage.

Finasteride Dosage:

A daily dose of 1 mg Finasteride is enough to reduce DHT in the scalp by more than 60%. Finasteride halts this hair loss process.

Side effects of finasteride pills in the bloodstream after long term usage could be:

  • Shedding – Some people may experience shedding of hair which should stop after 3 months
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
  • Decreased libido
  • Ejaculatory dysfunction
  • Brain fog – attention, memory issues
  • Gynecomastia or male breasts

Studies are ongoing on permanency of side effects, or how long some symptoms take to reverse. But given the dosage of 1 mg finasteride pills, side effects are easily reversed after stopping pills.

Topical finasteride, on the other hand, does not have such side effects. This is the reason, taking finasteride pills for a while, with topical finasteride and minoxidil and later stopping the pills helps hair loss from MPB, while easy on the pocket.

Minoxidil which is the generic name goes by the popular brand name Rogaine. But buying the generic version gives the same benefits while saving money as well.

Topical minoxidil stimulates blood flow to the scalp, helping the shrunk, impoverished hair follicles to recoup and start rejuvenating, helping hair growth.

Initial consultation which goes over general health and ruling out any adverse health issues is the best way to start therapy & dosage. Periodic monitoring and preventive tests help one to stay on top of the game, and not lose sleep or hair over MPB.

Irrespective of height, weight, or age, Finasteride only needs to be taken as a daily dose of 1mg to treat hair loss — which is enough for the drug to work effectively.

Important not to mess with 1 mg finasteride dosage, and stick with it irrespective of age, height or weight. Upping dosage of finasteride pills will only lead to undesirable side effects.

What about the 5 mg Finasteride pill then?

If you are asking this question, kudos on your research. Very important to note 5 mg. dosage of finasteride pills is prescribed to men with an enlarged prostate, and it may reduce the need for prostate surgery. It should not be used to prevent hair loss, since it will no more speed up hair growth, but will speed up unwanted side effects for sure.

So, in essence, growing back hair lost due to MPB is almost as fast as saying jack rabbit. :)

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