I think the virdict is that Rogaine doesn't work for most men, but it does for some. However, Propecia does work for about 60% of men. It is also possible that Saw Palmetto will also work since it has been shown to have the same properties as propecia.
I have not met anyone that Rogaine worked for...I tried the 5% version for 8 months...no difference. I am now on Propecia. If you punch it up on the internet you will find that the side effects are minimal and only affect about 2.5% of men who take it. The info also says it is more likely to affect men who have had sexual problems in the past. If your hubby is healthy, like I am, he should experience no more side effects than I have (none!) It is costing me about $50.00 per month...I have 3 months supply and then I will see the doctor for Liver function. This is standard practice. If everything is OK, I'll be issued a prescription for a year. Propecia is supposed to start working after the 6 month point. We'll have to see as the JURY is still out.
I don't think my doctor is worried that I will sue him...he is a very GOOD doctor and is only worried about my health. He explained very clearly to me that there 'could be' other side effects and that is why he wants me to go for a liver function check. I aksed him for the prescription...he never attempted to push me into buying propecia. He asked me to try Rogaine first as he did say they would be fewer 'possible' side effects topically rather than internally.
I have grown a beard while on propecia...I started less than 4 weeks ago and it is full now. I must add that I grew a beard 10 years ago and it tokk 2 months to fill in. This may be a conincidence...we'll see!
I have done the liver function tests...all is well. I am now into my fourth month of propecia...no side effects at all for me. I seem to have a bit of new hair growth on top...there is less skin to see, but I am grey so it is hard to tell.
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You apply Rogaine...you don't take it. It is topical.
I'm here to say that I have noticed a difference with Propecia. I have a most definate increase in the hair on the crown of my head...no side effects, liver function is fine. I ma hyper glycemic, so was in a higher risk category for liver problems. I've had my blood work done, sugar is low (passed out after 2 vials..normal for me), but otherwise no problem.
There is growth on the top...4 months into it now. I will update each month.
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5 months plus into Propecia... definate improvements and no side effects. My wife and others have noticed that my hair is fuller, and I no longer have an obvious bald spot on top. It is slowly filling in. I have also noted a small amount of new hairs on my forehead hair line.
I was able to tell just how much more hair I had when I used Herbatint and dyed it. Since my hair is mostly grey, the light coloured hairs were not too obvious. Dyed dark brown, they stand out far better.
Quite happy with the product...wish it was less expensive though!