Finasteride and Minoxidil

If you have hair loss problems, it is certain that you have already heard or have googled about the two most popular products today: Minoxidil and Finasteride. Both are the only treatments that have been shown to be successful in certain stages of baldness. But, when to use Minoxidil? And when Finasteride? Are Minoxidil and Finasteride complementary? We will try to resolve your doubts.

It is true that both, without being miraculous, if they can make hair loss stop, that the hair that you keep gains thickness and with it your head will have more density and even that in some cases new hairs can sprout from follicles they were asleep. But Minoxidil and Finasteride are only effective in cases of androgenic baldness.

What is androgenic baldness ? It is one that is produced by genetic inheritance and does not begin when we are older, the first symptoms can begin when we enter our thirties and beyond the age of twenty-five we already see how the hair loses density in some areas.

The first thing you have to do is go to a trichologist, the dermatologist specialized in hair , if it definitely determines that your hair loss is not seasonal or temporary and is not caused by other factors such as disease, diet, stress … We can start to work.

Two of the drugs that are most prescribed and known in the world of baldness are Minoxidil and Finasteride, the first is topical and the second oral. They can be combined or used independently.


The first thing is that Finasteride only works in men and is prohibited in women , in fact, if the girl in question is, for example, pregnant, it is better that she does not touch any of the products. Minoxidil does work for both.

The second important thing to know is that it only works in cases of early stages of baldness, when we notice that we begin to lose density. It does not work once we already have large or total bald spots .

These treatments would “freeze” the hair loss, in most cases it will not come out any more or you will recover what you have already lost , but they do stop it from falling out. And even that the finest hairs take on a little more strength and thickness. The problem is that you live slaves to them, and if you stop consuming them, all the hair that you should have lost up to that point, would fall out .

“Minoxidil is another drug that fights baldness but its administration is cutaneous . It is a lotion or spray with concentrations of 2% indicated for women, and 5% for men . Minoxidil should be applied to the parts affected by the alopecia, once or twice a day, with dry hair so that the dose acts more deeply.

Its effect is vasodilator, helping nutrients to circulate more fluidly through the bloodstream. This causes the hair follicle to be healthier, stopping the alopecia process. In addition, unlike Finasteride, its results are faster since in the first months the effects could be noticed “, they point out from the Madrid Hair Clinic .

This medicine only works in 15 to 60% of people, and it does not work on the hair growth area on the forehead. Of course, if it works for you, the results are faster than with Finasteride .


As we have doctors Ilahi , “this drug to CTUA stimulating potassium channels , thanks to that it is prevented from intervening calcium negatively on the growth of hair . It also acts prolonging the life of keratinocytes, responsible for the formation of capillary keratin, from which the hair is mainly formed. Its continued use maintains the growth of the hair follicles at a very high level, as well as stops premature hair loss “.

From the Dermatological Medical Institute they talk to us about the possibility of making both drugs compatible with the aim of enhancing their effects, since each one is in charge of a different thing: ” inasteride modifies the hormonal population and blocks the progression of baldness from within the body . These differences make them compatible treatments. Many diagnostic recommend starting with Minoxidil . This is because its localized application does little aggressive. “

And they continue: “The treatment with Finasteride is more aggressive than that of Minoxidil , since it is still a hormonal treatment, gentle and directed at a single class of hormones, but influential enough to be prohibited in women . In addition, and Due to the hormonal change, it is recommended that users of finasteride have medical check-ups from time to time. “

The point is that, being an oral and more powerful treatment, the side effects are too. They do not have to appear, but that possibility does exist. Everything is a compensation for what is worth more to you, stop that incipient baldness or risk having side effects . The important thing is to do analytics every so often and be very controlled. The side effect most associated with finasteride is related to erectile dysfunction problems. It happens in a very few% of the patients who consume it and, in addition, it is enough to suspend the treatment for this side effect to disappear.

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