Is it possible for Propecia to make hair loss worse?

Question: Is it possible for Propecia to make hair loss worse? I feel like my hair has been falling out significantly more so ever since I’ve been on it. I now notice all the hair I’m losing when I shower and I never noticed that before.

Answer: It is possible for both finasteride (Propecia) and minoxidil (Rogaine) to accelerate the hair cycle, resulting in temporary increased hair loss/shedding.  This phenomenon typically lasts just a few months and usually resolves by approximately 9 months.  The hair follicles then enter the next hair cycle together, subsequently resulting in more robust hair growth.  Transient hair loss is an indicator that the medications are actually working, and the patient should continue taking them.

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