July 10 2012, 12:50 pm PT | Posted in: Drugs
Hi Dr. Rassman,
I am a 21-year-old that has been on finasteride (1 mg) for almost four months now. The good news is that I have noticed that my hairline is now actually proceeding – a phenomenon that is supposedly rare. However, I have not been able to detect (and it may be because I have not given it a close-enough assessment) any re-growth on my crown – something that is irritating me, considering that this drug is supposed to be most effective on the crown.
Anyways, my question is: When exactly is the best time to take my 1 mg tablet of finasteride? Someone asked this question in the past. Your response was something along the lines of: “early in the morning” or “in the morning”. For the past few months, I’ve been taking my tablet every single day between 5:30 pm and 7:15 pm. Because testosterone levels are at their highest in the morning, should I be taking my tablet sometime right after midnight or when I get up in the morning at around 8:30 or so?
Thanks a lot! I love your blog!
Your result are rare. Propecia is mainly effective on the top and the crown (not the front hairline). But if it works, then stay on it. The crown may respond within a year on the drug.
There is no right time or optimal time to take Propecia. The goal is to take it everyday at about the same time. It has more to do with remembering to take the medication. We can theorize about when would be the best time to take Propecia based on your hormone levels, but I do not find this to be of a realistic or clinical significance.