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    Hello,

    I'm 20 years old and my family has a history of hair loss. Should I start taking propecia at 20? Will it prevent hair loss if I start taking it now. Or is it too early for me to start taking it?

    Also how about rogaine? Will rogaine prevent hair loss?
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    Propecia will prevents male pattern balding. You can start taking it now but it would probably be a waste of money. I would wait until you notice a little hair loss and then start taking it. I've been taking it for 8(?) years now and have had no further hairloss. If you are taking propecia there is no point in taking rogaine.

    Also I've never tried rogaine but it seems like a pain in the but to apply. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juniperpansy View Post
    Propecia will prevents male pattern balding. You can start taking it now but it would probably be a waste of money. I would wait until you notice a little hair loss and then start taking it. I've been taking it for 8(?) years now and have had no further hairloss. If you are taking propecia there is no point in taking rogaine.

    Also I've never tried rogaine but it seems like a pain in the but to apply. Good luck!
    When does hair loss usually start? I mean would it be bad to take it this early?

    Have you experienced any side effects from propecia?

    I can get propecia pretty cheap so I don't mind spending the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pharmer1991 View Post
    When does hair loss usually start? I mean would it be bad to take it this early?

    Have you experienced any side effects from propecia?

    I can get propecia pretty cheap so I don't mind spending the money.
    Male pattern balding begins different times for different people. For me I was mid 20's which is younger than most. I have no side effects that I know of.

    I don't believe there is anything that bad about taking propecia at your age. You might want to see a doctor and get his/her take on it, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pharmer1991 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm 20 years old and my family has a history of hair loss. Should I start taking propecia at 20? Will it prevent hair loss if I start taking it now. Or is it too early for me to start taking it?

    Also how about rogaine? Will rogaine prevent hair loss?
    Hey buddy. Do you have a doctor you can ask? I have two buddies who take it but there were 35 and 45. It stopped their hair loss. Didn't grow any back.

    How's the hair situation on your mom's side of the family? Her brothers and father?

    EDIT ~ would it be a terrible blow to your self-esteem if your hair thins out?
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    I am going to ask my doctor about starting propecia. I've just started losing hair in the middle and my grandfather on my mom's side had male pattern baldness. Plus my oldest brother whom I resemble the most out of all of my brothers, is thinning out pretty rapidly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyboy1965 View Post
    Hey buddy. Do you have a doctor you can ask? I have two buddies who take it but there were 35 and 45. It stopped their hair loss. Didn't grow any back.

    How's the hair situation on your mom's side of the family? Her brothers and father?

    EDIT ~ would it be a terrible blow to your self-esteem if your hair thins out?
    I have to say that it would be quite a terrible blow as I do tend to like my hair. My brother is 29 and his hair is pretty thin now. His hair started getting thin around ~24. Both my grandfathers were completely bald.

    Don't really expect it to grow any back. Would rather start before I lose anything.

    I'm probably just going to go buy some from my usual pharmacy (for selegeline, tadafinil, etc). Besides, Cipla Manufactured Propecia is still cheaper than brand name propecia w/co-pay.

    Is the sexual dysfunction really that common, as I am active. Should I pick up some cialis or levitra or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pharmer1991 View Post
    Is the sexual dysfunction really that common, as I am active. Should I pick up some cialis or levitra or something?
    I've never taken it so I don't know. Wait and find out. No need to take pills you don't need. Especially at your age. You should be able to blow the roof off.

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    Please monitor yourself carefully while taking propecia. I had a friend who started taking it because his family had a history of early hairloss and he was very scared of following in their footsteps. He totally lost his sex drive for 3 years and for some reason didn't connect it to the Propecia...but he was celibate as a monk during then and had zero interest in girls (he was heterosexual). Finally he put 2 and 2 together, stopped taking it, and his sex drive resumed. So I'd really hope that if you take it, you take note of how you are doing in this regard. Good luck to you.
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    Remember that these drugs help stop hair loss, but do not initiate hair growth. Also, if you stop taking them at any time, you will lose the hair you otherwise would have lost during that time if you hadn't taken the drug at all.

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    kcfunguy50, exactly.
    i'm going bald. i'm just gonna let it happen.

    it's not worth it for me..spending money on daily products that might or might not help keep things at bay.

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    I started losing my hair at around 30 and after a couple of years of losing it I decided to go on propecia/finasteride. Ask your doctor for finasteride which is the same thing, but generic. It only comes in 5mg and the normal dose for propecia is 1 mg. My doctor wrote me a script for finasteride and wrote on his RX to split it into quarters. You'll save a ton of money. A bottle of 30 will last you 4 months.

    Ever since taking it I haven't lost anymore hair. It's not really made to grow any back. My wife always said that she didn't care if I lost my hair, but personally I always had a problem with it. Maybe if I had a nicely shaped head I wouldn't care lol.

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    I am 25 and have been taking it everyday for the last 2 years. It definitely SLOWS hairloss but does not prevent or stop it. I wish I could go back to when I was 18-20 and start taking it then before I started to feel self-conscious about my hairline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anktopot View Post
    I am 25 and have been taking it everyday for the last 2 years. It definitely SLOWS hairloss but does not prevent or stop it. I wish I could go back to when I was 18-20 and start taking it then before I started to feel self-conscious about my hairline.
    That is interesting, as I had a receding hairline since I was 20, and now I'm 52. I still have lots of hair, but the thought of stopping the loss by being proactive never occurred to me. Wonder if they've done any clinical studies that show this to work?

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    Thumbs up A recent study on finasterid

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank McGhee View Post
    That is interesting, as I had a receding hairline since I was 20, and now I'm 52. I still have lots of hair, but the thought of stopping the loss by being proactive never occurred to me. Wonder if they've done any clinical studies that show this to work?


    Here is the abstract from a very recent study that suggests finasteride does work. Good luck.


    J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Sep;67(3):379-86. Epub 2012 Feb 9.

    Global photographic assessment of men aged 18 to 60 years with male pattern hair loss receiving finasteride 1 mg or placebo.

    Olsen EA, Whiting DA, Savin R, Rodgers A, Johnson-Levonas AO, Round E, Rotonda J, Kaufman KD; Male Pattern Hair Loss Study Group.


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    Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.


    Abstract

    BACKGROUND:

    Finasteride (1 mg) has been shown to increase vertex hair growth in men aged 18 to 60 years with male pattern hair loss and to increase frontal scalp hair growth in subjects aged 18 to 41 years.

    OBJECTIVE:

    A secondary efficacy analysis was conducted to determine effects of finasteride (1 mg) on scalp hair growth in the 4 distinct scalp regions affected by male pattern hair loss.

    METHODS:

    Multicenter, double-blind studies randomized patients with vertex hair loss (men aged 18-41 and 41-60 years) to finasteride (1 mg/d) or placebo. Efficacy was evaluated by review of standardized clinical photographs (global photographic assessment) of the vertex, anterior/mid scalp regions, and frontal and temporal hairlines over 24 months relative to baseline.

    RESULTS:

    At 24 months, treatment with finasteride resulted in statistically significant (P ≤ .05) hair growth versus placebo in all scalp regions. There was also a significant decrease in hair loss in the younger men treated with finasteride in all areas, but only in the vertex and anterior/mid scalp regions in the older men. A slightly higher incidence of drug-related sexual adverse experiences was reported in the finasteride group than in the placebo group, irrespective of age.

    LIMITATIONS:

    These studies enrolled men with vertex pattern hair loss; therefore, the findings may not be extrapolated to men with predominantly anterior/mid scalp, frontal, or temporal hair loss.

    CONCLUSION:

    Based on global photographic assessment, finasteride (1 mg) is able to increase hair growth in all areas of the scalp affected by male pattern hair loss.
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    loss of sex drive is present in a very small percentage of people that take propecia. I remember hearing this on a commercial as a potential side effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyfingers View Post
    loss of sex drive is present in a very small percentage of people that take propecia. I remember hearing this on a commercial as a potential side effect.
    I tried Propecia years ago, and it did in fact kill my sex drive, and libido, as well as causing erectile dysfunction. It did however cause more hair to grow on my head. I took it for about six months, then stopped. Wasn't worth it for me.

    Good luck, whatever you choose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyfingers View Post
    loss of sex drive is present in a very small percentage of people that take propecia. I remember hearing this on a commercial as a potential side effect.
    I think a lot of people (at least a significant minority) who report this side effect are psyching themselves out. When I first read about this side effect after taking finasteride (2.5mg/day) for about 6 months, I suddenly started having this side effect. Then, as time went on and I stopped fixating on the repetitive thoughts of the side effect.. POOF it went away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyfingers View Post
    loss of sex drive is present in a very small percentage of people that take propecia. I remember hearing this on a commercial as a potential side effect.
    That would certainly cause me to stop taking Propecia immediately. I would try it first and gauge my reaction. As with any medication, different people react quite differently to the various doses. I'm in the info gathering stage right now.

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