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.
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