Male pattern hair loss has become an evolving challenge nowadays. The primary reasons for hair loss in men are premature ageing of the scalp and continuous miniaturization of the hair follicles. The male hormone testosterone releases signals that results in hair loss.

Minoxidil and Finastride are two drugs approved by the US FDA for hair loss treatment in men. For those who had tried these treatment options, you would have notice increased hair fall after stopping the medication. The treatment with Minoxidil and Finastride comes with a clause – the dihydrotestosterone blockers make sure that testosterone is not able to reach the hair follicle receptor. That means when you are not on the medication the hair that has been sustained due to drug effect is going to be lost, only the hair which is not sustained continues to grow. So once you stop medicine, there will be a shedding of hair which is why it is recommended not to stop the medicine abruptly. If you plan to stop the treatment – consult a dermatologist who can give you non-Minoxidil/non-Finastride medicines that can prevent abrupt hair fall post Finastride treatment. The side effects of the medicine will stop as soon as you stop the medicine so there are no prolonged sexual side effects after you stop Finastride.

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