I am using Rogaine for my hair loss but want to stop using it. Can I stop using it and take Propecia instead? How long does it take before you can tell a difference? I am 47 years old. How often should I take it? Will my hair regrow with this medication?
Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) are both proven and FDA approved to treat baldness, but operate entirely different one from another. Propecia works by inhibiting the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone responsible for genetic male pattern baldness. Rogaine works by stimulating the hair follicle, potentially causing hair regrowth. In combination one with another, you have the most effective non-surgical hair loss treatment regime available, even more so than either one separately.
If you choose to stop Rogaine, you may lose any hair regrowth you’ve acquired, even if you start taking Propecia. In my opinion, if you don’t want to lose any hair growth you’ve obtained by using Rogaine, continue using it and simply add Propecia to your regime.
Propecia comes in 1mg tablets of finasteride and should be taken daily. Consult with your doctor to learn more about the benefits, limitations, and possible side effects of this drug.