Is Propecia more effective than Rogaine?
From what I have read on the internet it seems like Propecia is much more effective than Rogaine for stopping hair loss. Is this true?
Rogaine or the generic minoxidil and Propecia which is finasteride are two very different medications. First of all, Propecia is a medication that can only be obtained by getting a prescription from a doctor. Rogaine is an over-the-counter topical product.
The Propecia actually blocks the production or the conversion of testosterone to DHT which is dihydrotesterone and has a more direct effect on the genetic component of hair loss.
The mechanism of action for Rogaine is that it is actually a vasodilator and increases blood circulation and blood flow to the scalp or area where it is applied.
They are very different by nature of their mechanism of action. I think, however, that it is generally recognized that Propecia has a stronger affect at slowing down genetic hair loss.
Posted by: Dr. Charles