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Propecia

Propecia's claim to fame is to maintain.  83% of men studied were able to maintain their original follicle count, and 64% experienced regrowth after 2 years.  Propecia does this by inhibiting the creation of DHT in your system.  

DHT is a naturally occurring hormone which assists with sexual development in males during fetal development and puberty.  When a man begins to undergo that second "change of life", DHT becomes some hair follicles' worst enemy.  Follicles at the front, top, and upper back of the head in most men are genetically programmed to become susceptible to DHT at some point in the man's life.  Those hairs which cover the sides and bottom back of the head typically are not, which is why most men do not lose hair in these areas.

During hair loss, DHT begins to treat your follicles as foreign objects in your body.  Similar to an auto-immune response, it slowly begins to reject the follicles.  During this time there typically is increased Sebum production which can lead to excessive itching and scarring.  All of these things contribute greatly to why men begin to lose hair.  This is also an extremely long process, and the cycles for hair growth are typically about 3-9 months.  Without a DHT inhibitor either systemically (in the bloodstream) or locally in the scalp, each time your hair cycles, the follicle will become thinner, shorter, and ultimately it will not grow back in.

An in-depth look at Propecia, the newest hair loss treatment available for men. Pictures of results, info on side effects, and more.  With an 83% success rate at ending baldness, people are starting to talk!  Please read this page thoroughly before you decide to buy Propecia.

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What's all the Hub-bub about?

If someone were to tell you that you had an 83% chance of keeping all the hair you currently have today by taking one pill one time a day, would you do it?   With a Prop (finasteride) prescription, it's not only a possibility, it's becoming a reality for hundreds of thousands of men.  

Rather than fill your brain with all the medical jargon, we are going to give you in layman's terms exactly how this treatment works, how well it works, what its side effects are, and where you can buy it.

The Study

Merck conducted a two year clinical trial, in which 1,553 men ages 18 to 41 with mild to moderate thinning / balding at the top of the head took this treatment daily. At the 2 year mark, 83% of them had maintained their hair (based on hair count) and 66% of them had experienced regrowth. A side assessment by the doctors in the study rated 80% of men as improved, at the end of the period.

Rogaine (Minoxidil)

bulletMinoxidil's claim to fame is stimulating growth.  59% experienced increased hair-count after 4 months of use.  Minoxidil does not inhibit one of the main causes of thinning hair, DHT.  However, a combination regimen of Minoxidil and Propecia together are known to be probably the most effective treatment available today.

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Time Tested...baldy approved

In 1988, Pharmacia & Upjohn Company introduced the first FDA-approved product proven to regrow hair. Since 1996, in light of their excellent safety profile, Rogaine Regular Strength for Men and Rogaine for Women have been sold as over-the-counter (non prescription) drugs. Rogaine extra strength is now sold over the counter as well.  It is a clear solution you apply to the top of your scalp where hair is thinning.

Rogaine is available as a pre-mixed product created by Upjohn, but you can very easily obtain the active ingredients in generic versions of this product.  We have made this accessible for you at the bottom of this page.

What exactly is it?

Minoxidil in its 2% form has been approved for use in both Men and Women, however the 5% mixture has just recently been approved for over the counter distribution, but is only for use in Men.  Minoxidil is an ingredient which works to stimulate the hair follicles into growth.  It is safe to say that the 5% version is the strongest regrowth product available over the counter, while the 2% is something you may wish to start with if you're just starting to experience balding.

Once again it is important to pace yourself with hair loss treatments.  As with any treatment, you run the risk of it losing its effectiveness over time, so start light, see if it works, then increase to 5% if you are not seeing the results you want.

Pros and Cons

If you're like most people, the big question is "Where do I start?"  Trying to decide the answer to this question is one of the toughest because starting something means a major commitment.  So the two major players are Propecia and Minox.  Here are some benefits of Minox over Propecia:

bulletYou can buy Minoxidil without Prescription, whereas Propecia requires one
bulletMinox works locally, and since it is a topical, its systemic (internal) effects are minimal, whereas Propecia directly alters the Male Hormonal system.
bulletMinox in its 2% form is safe for use in both Men *and* Women, whereas Propecia is only for use in Men
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Propecia and Minoxidil, the Ultimate Combination

If you are looking to kick start some regrowth, and maintain what you have, but have had no success on other treatments, or on Propecia or Rogaine alone, combining them is a sure way to optimize your results.  

 

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