This section is dedicated to products used to address hair loss including FDA-approved medications like finasteride (Propecia) and minoxidil (Rogaine), non-FDA approved medications, and topical camouflage products like Toppik, DermMatch, etc. (Of note, Dr. Lam does not endorse, hold stock, or have any financial affiliation with any company or manufacturer.)
I am a 38-year-old male. I have notice increased thinning and hair loss in the last couple of years, although it is not too bad yet (after a shower, when my hair is dry, there is no noticeable hair loss; the following day, during the day, hairs tend to "group" and some hair loss is visible). I want to take action. I saw a dermatologist who prescribed Propecia, but I am not the biggest friend of taking pills (unless necessary) and the cost of Propecia also makes me doubt. My hair stylist had recommended Nioxin and even though I discarded the idea at first (didn't seem to be a serious approach to the problem), I begun reconsidering it. I read that Nioxin contains Finasteride (or a similar drug), which is absorbed through the skin (thus the recommendation of leaving Propecia away from women and children), so eventually, in my inexperienced eyes, the result could be the same as with Propecia. The reason why I am considering it is: the same drug at a a much lower cost. What's your opinion?
thanks for the question. to be honest, i don't think nioxin can work anything close to propecia. for one, i question nioxin working at any level but there should not be any comparison made to finasteride, which works very well; but i appreciate your concerns. only finasteride and minoxidil (rogaine) work well and have been proven to do so. best, sml