I always appreciate it when hair loss doctors on here are kind enough to offer their medical input. I have posted in the past about my terrible experience with getting side effects from Propecia. Since having to quit the drug years ago, I’ve searched for alternatives.
There are a couple of doctors on the internet right now who are selling topical formulations with finasteride in them. One doctor is Richard Lee, the other is someone named Dr. Klein.
I e-mailed one of these doctors and asked whether he felt I would get side effects systemically from using finasteride topically. The doctor said that the drug would be absorbed and could theoretically give me side effects, but that my chances were better with a topical, where the effect would be more localized.
Do any of the doctors on this board think this might be worth a shot? I’m hoping it might give me some small benefit of the drug without sides, or very minimal sides.
I would really appreciate any input on this before I order. The formulations are not cheap. Thanks in advance everyone.
Actually Propecia (finasteride) is not the DHT blocker alluded to in most hair loss discussions. A per Dr. Lindsey, Propecia (finasteride) would not have an effect topically.
There is a hair loss drug currently available for use in Europe which is a topical agent which blocks DHT called Fluridil. It has shown promise, but for me the jury is still out. Another link of well respected journal that published the findings at Dermatologic Surgery can be found at the following URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118959860/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0.
Dr. Timothy Carman