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post #16 of 26
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/bump. Would be nice to hear updates from those who've posted and get some new blood in here to share their experiences....
post #17 of 26
I had been thinning for about 2 years, but nothing major, when I experienced some sudden shedding. I freaked out and went and saw my family doctor and he was nice enough to get me on a prescription for proscar. I've been cutting them into 4ths and using rogaine. I haven't regained all of my hair (its only been about 3 months) but I did get most of what had been shedding. I also have been wearing my hair much shorter and I think that has helped as well.
post #18 of 26
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Thanks for sharing. My father takes Proscar, the pill is miniscule. How are you guys cutting it up into 4th's?
post #19 of 26
You can just get a pill cutter from Walgreens or CVS. I think they are about 4-5 dollars and they make it much easier than trying to just use a knife.
post #20 of 26
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Surely there's more Propecia users who haven't posted? I'm still not on it for fear of what it will do to my endocrine system but am now thinking about it every day.
post #21 of 26
28 now, no change in hairline or thickness since I started taking it at 23.

Some time ago I saw a large collection of Then/Now pictures of famous people and I think the two defining characteristics in men aging well is hairline and tightness around the jaw, more so than wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, so I'm happy to keep taking it.

I had to stop taking Rogaine. It started to cause little red bumps. They looked like developing pimples and would not go away for a while. I thought maybe I had a bad bottle so got another twin pack, same result. I wonder why it started causing that out of the blue.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by Satorialist View Post

Surely there's more Propecia users who haven't posted? I'm still not on it for fear of what it will do to my endocrine system but am now thinking about it every day.

Go talk to your doctor. I did blood tests first to make sure that it wasn't anything else causing the hair loss and he felt comfortable giving me the prescription afterwards.
post #23 of 26
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28 now, started taking it at 23.... two defining characteristics in men aging well is hairline and tightness around the jaw

You mentioned sunken jowls (or double chin, what I assume you meant by 'tightness around the jaw' and you're so right this being a classic sign of aging/poor health); apparently sunken jowls is a side effect of propecia. Obviously, lifestyle choices such as diet and alcohol (and genetics) are known to directly cause sunken jowls. But a % of propecia users complain of it. Naturally, it can be argued these propecia users are incorrectly drawing conclusions as to propecia being the cause.

Even still, just as the boiling frog anecdote--the side effects appear so subtly, over such a long period of time, that many simply don't ever notice.

You've been on propecia for 5 years which is a solid stretch of time. And you started at what I consider an early age (23), a time when your body would be highly receptive to the drug (and still should be). If 5 years later (assuming uninterrupted use) you are not having any noticeable side effects, even subtle, that's encouraging.

How about weight gain? The uninterrupted rise in estrogen causes the body to store more fat at a faster rate and is also more difficult to get off (or so people say). All of us tend to gain more weight as we age but do you sense, after accounting for your lifestyle and diet, that you're gaining more weight than you should? And is it harder to get weight off?
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Go talk to your doctor. I did blood tests first to make sure that it wasn't anything else causing the hair loss

Everyone should do this but for another reason: The effects on the endocrine system are not understood and seem to vary from individual to individual thus it is wise to have hormone levels checked with some regularity (estrogen especially) to monitor things. Then recheck year over year for changes. In this way, if something's getting severely out of whack, it can be addressed. I plan to do this if I decide to get on a finasteride.
Edited by Satorialist - 11/6/12 at 10:29am
post #24 of 26
When I made the choice to take Propecia I decided that if I did have side effects, the only one that would stop me from continuing it would be ED. The way I see it, most other side effects can be corrected with surgery. For example, if I did grow breast tissue, $2k on surgery to fix that wouldn't be a big deal and after it was done, no one would notice. Same with jowls. I've never heard of that as a side effect before, but again $2k to tighten that up a bit would not be a big deal and no one would every guess that I had work done. If I gained weight, Id just diet.

Hair transplants on the other hand, while some look good, are not quite there yet. So when I took everything into account, I decided to take Propecia knowing(hoping) my hair would look natural and full for the rest of my life, and if I did have other side effects, surgery could fix that and still look natural. That left ED as the only thing that would scare me off. My alternatives were balding, which I knew I would hate, or maybe opt for hair transplants later in life, which would look fake. With the drug I now have a full head of hair, no side effects, and believable looking surgery to fix side effects if they ever do turn up in the future.

Not that this has been proven, but a lot of bodybuilders who manipulate their hormones seems to think that if a man has nipples that protrude, he'll be more likely to develop breast tissue, or have puffy nipples. Maybe something to consider for anyone looking to start Propecia.
post #25 of 26
I started taking it about 7 months ago (proscar, cut into 1/4ths). no side effects, thinning hair almost completely gone.
post #26 of 26
I've been taking Propecia/Finasteride for almost 7 years. I started with Propecia for a few years, which was expensive as hell. I now get Finasteride from CanadaPharmacy.com. $87 for a 3 month supply. I'm not sure that it has re-grown any hair but it has certainly stopped the hair loss. I have way more hair on my head than my younger brother does now. I have not had any side affects at all. Rogaine dried out my hair and scalp too much so it looked like I had dandruff. My hair loss was the "stage 2 vertex" on the chart.
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