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Propecia, South America

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Having followed through various threads of forum discussions over the past months it seems Propecia is the main weapon against male pattern baldness.

 

My head of hair is starting to thin on top and all male relatives on both sides of my family are balding. I thought i would have a few years yet before i had to address the issue (i am 26) but I´m starting to think I need to act fast as the hair has thinned a lot recently.

 

Happily, I´m travelling in South America for a year - but does anyone know if Popecia (or an equivalent) is something I can pickup easily (i.e. in South America)?

 

Also, in terms of hereditary hair loss, should I avoid using hair wax or gel, or does this not have a significant impact?

 

Thanks

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propecia is only available from your GP mate. I don’t know if there are different products in south Africa but do some research or see a doctor in S.A dude. best of luck

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Several weeks ago I read specs advice on changing from Propecia to Proscar. Propecia and Proscar both contain finasteride, but Proscar is five times stronger so you can cut it into 5 with a pill cutter (this is a little box with a snapping blade with a taper to hold the pill steady). My doctor advised me to take one every five days, but I am not sure if this would be too high a dose for DHT suppression, so I cut the Proscar as specs advised. This is much cheaper than Propecia, and if a doctor will give you a prescription it will only cost the price of the prescription. I am lucky because my doctor had some sympathy with my hair loss, and I get free prescriptions as well because of a thyroid condition. There may be many men who are paying too much for their finasteride and I hope the word will spread so the manufacturers will bring their prices down.

I have been taking finasteride for nearly a year now, with no side effects, plus minoxidil for several months. I have recently added retinol cream to hopefully make the minoxidil more effective. There is a product called Tretinol, which can be prescribed for reducing wrinkles and to rejuvinate skin (which could have a beneficial effect on hair too), but it can take up to a year to work, and it may cause alot of irritation. It is claimed that Emu oil helps to reduce inflammation, but make sure that you buy the genuine stuff from Australia (if you ask I can tell you the brand I use) because the Emu should eat its natural native diet, which I am told cannot be replicated in farms outside Australia.

After over twenty years of full MPB I was astonished that my hair began to grow again, which is especially noticable at the front. So far my research tells me that no-one is getting much growth around the temples and front. The centre of the crown is still very sparse, but that is to be expected, it may never grow back much there as it went bald twenty five years ago. I have made a device which I believe helps to make the follicles more receptive, but it is experimental and quite expensive to make so I don't want to raise hopes yet.

I posted my story in reply to the Laser Comb question, but haven't had any feedback so far. Perhaps it is very difficult to believe that such long standing hair minaturisation can be reversed to any noticable degree. If there is anyone else out there who is getting alot of regrowth in the front and temples it would be interesting to compare notes. Surely I cannot be the only one?

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Hey there. I am 17 and am soon to start on proscar after experiencing loss over the top, and my temples for about a year, i am using minoxidil and nizoral, but they dont seem to be helping much. Is it the proscar that is giving you the regrowth at the temples? if it is im = B) !!!! also, will i be able to get a "pill cutter" from any chemist? Pleasereply, Joe

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Hi Joe

I am not sure why my regrowth is better at the front and temples, it is my particular combination which is suited to me. I also kept up the habit of scalp exercises for over twenty years, which may be why all my follicles did not completely die. The makers of finasteride or minoxidil do not claim to be able to restore hair at the front and temples (especially after many years of slick baldness), so there is something else which is unique about my case.

At this early stage you will probably be able to stop further hair loss with the combination you have, and I hope you can get a prescription. Just keep at it. I will continue to work on my programme and try to discover how I have managed to grow hair at the front, right into the widows peak area. But so far any specialists I have contacted at other sites have been too sceptical. They mainly imply that what I have done is impossible.

Be patient, miracles can happen!

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hi guys,

i need help ive been on procerin and rogaine 5% for 3 months now at a bit of a cost and no evidence that this is working.what should i do?

please help.

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stick with it. if your not having any further hair loss then that is a good thing. regaine(rogaine) say's it can take up to 6 months to work so just keep with it mate

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