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androgenic alopecia - Will Proscar help with my hair loss?

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Hello, I'm a 40 year-old woman. I was diagnosed with androgenic alopecia this year. My hair has been thinning for the last 10 years and now my scalp clearly shows on my crown. I used to have very thick hair. On my mother's side, all the women have had thick hair. My grandfather was balding. On my father's side, all have been balding.

My endocrinologist suggested I take Proscar and my dermatologist said that it's dangerous for a woman to take this drug. I do not intend to get pregnant but I can't find any literature on its side effects on women.

Will Proscar help with my hair loss? Will I have to take it the rest of my life for continued results? What are the side effects on women and are there any studies done on women?

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replied November 25th, 2011
Hair Loss, Hair Disorders Answer A28875
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out.

Proscar should not be used by women in child bearing age. This medication can cause birth defects especially if it is a male fetus, if a woman is exposed to it during pregnancy. Proscar tablets should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant.

If a woman accidentally comes into contact with this medication from a broken or crushed tablet, the area should be washed with soap and water right away.

You should consult a trichologist and opt for hair transplantation also.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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