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 08/04/2010 11:52 AM
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Hi,

First post here. My hair line has been retreating slowing for years now and I'm now 28 and a Norwood 2. I'm thinking of trying minoxidil but am dreading it. I've read it can cause terrible shedding and am concerned that this will make my loss even more obvious - I can still disguise it quite a bit at the moment.

But what really worries me is that if I shed terribly it may not grow back despite the claims surrounding the medicine. What I want to know is: there are those that minox works for; there are those that it doesn't do anything for; but are there some rare cases where it actually accelerates hair loss?

I don't want to start a regime that only makes things worse.

Oh, is cheapo min top any good as that's what I've bought. And, is a PM only application much use or do you really have to use the stuff twice daily to see any real affect?

I'm also taking finasteride.

 08/04/2010 12:04 PM
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Keep in mind that everyone responds differently, but minoxidil will inevitably cause an initial shed. Though you should gain it back. And there are some who will tell you that minoxidil was never proven to work on hairlines.
 08/04/2010 01:11 PM
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Minxoidil has been studied 7 ways from Sunday, and to my knowlege has never been shown to accelerate hair loss in anyone.



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 08/04/2010 01:37 PM
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Originally posted by: hairtrouble

Keep in mind that everyone responds differently, but minoxidil will inevitably cause an initial shed.


I've certainly used minoxidil in the past, but (as I said in another thread) I've never experienced this "shedding" that other people talk about.
 08/04/2010 02:02 PM
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No sheds here either.

If fact, the only thing that makes me shed is not taking treatments.



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Correlation does not imply causation.
--Logic

When you believe in things that you don't understand then you suffer. Superstition ain't the way.
--Stevie Wonder

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 08/04/2010 02:14 PM
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Originally posted by: Bryan
Originally posted by: hairtrouble Keep in mind that everyone responds differently, but minoxidil will inevitably cause an initial shed.
I've certainly used minoxidil in the past, but (as I said in another thread) I've never experienced this "shedding" that other people talk about.
Interesting. In my case, I started fin and minox at the same time so any initial shedding or thinning could have been from either.
 08/08/2010 09:45 AM
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Minoxidil causes shedding, but that doesn't mean the lost hair will return. Maybe the shed was from irritation and the minoxidil can't stimulate those follicles. I keep using it, but it doesn't seem to help me. Using it on my temples made the thinning area rapidly disappear.

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 08/08/2010 11:43 AM
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Bryan, is it true that you no longer treat your hair loss and remain active on the HLH forums as a matter of scientific curiosity?

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