Minoxidil plus finasteride: better than either one alone

Minoxidil + Finasteride : How do they add up?

Patients who use minoxidil and finasteride together get better results than those who use just minoxidil or those who use just finasteride. There have been a few studies that have shown this. 

A recently designed study examined the benefits of monoxidil, finasteride and the combination in 450 males with genetic hair loss. The men in the study were randomly assigned to receive:

            finasteride (n = 160 patients), 

            minoxidil (n = 130 patients) 

            combined medication (n = 160 patients) 

In this study, the participants returned to the clinic every 12 weeks for re evaluation.  At the one year mark, 80.5 % of men treated with finasteride, 59% of of men treated with minoxidil, and 94.1% men treated with the combination of both have a benefit, respectively.  



The conclusion of the study was that the combination is better than either alone



Combined treatment with oral finasteride and topical minoxidil in male androgenetic alopecia: a randomized and comparative study in Chinese patients.Hu R, et al. Dermatol Ther. 2015 Sep-Oct.


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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