August 1 2012, 2:50 pm PT | Posted in: Drugs
Hi i’ve currently been taking Proscar 5mg tablets cut into quarters I take it 6 times a week and have a 1 day break (so im intaking 7.5mg per week) I’ve been on the drug for close to 4 months. firstly is this acceptable or should I be looking to take it every single day?
Also my main question, I have alot of vellus like hairs some grow to a centimetre or so some are eternally lingering around 1mm, small and blonde my plan with finasteride is to revert these hairs back to the terminal stage, I’ve noticed my remaining terminal hairs look stronger right now but im wondering the rough timescale of when I should see my vellus hairs growing in stronger, I know everybody responds differently but if you could ball park the average for me and maybe explain what I should see process wise (does anything change to let me know etc) if the medication is working for me. Many thanks!
This should be discussed with the doctor that prescribed you the medication. In general, the recommended treatment for male pattern baldness is 1mg finasteride per day. Many patients break up the 5mg finasteride pill into four pieces and take 1.25 mg per day with no issues. The half life of finasteride (Propecia) is about 4 hours, so after 24 hours almost all of the medication is out of your blood stream (even if you took a 5mg dose or 1mg dose or 1.25mg dose). Thus, the medication is meant to be taken daily (without skipping) so that you maintain a consistent level in your blood stream. It is not a cumulative dose over a week. You cannot take a 7mg pill once every seven days and expect it to work the same as taking 1mg daily for 7 days.
Finally, without an examination I really do not have any way to know if the medication is working for you. Ideally, one would have a measurement done before you started the medication (such as a photograph, miniaturization study, or bulk measurements) and compare this with a follow-up measurement. Otherwise it is just a subjective guess.
The Propecia timeline for results can be found here.