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Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) are two types of products that are used for treating hair loss. Although these medications work differently they but both have Finasteride is used to treat patterned hair loss.  Finasteride is taken orally and is not available over the counter. You must go to a doctor and get a prescription to get put on this type of treatment. This treatment is not recommended for use in women od reproductive age and it tends to be a little more expensive then Rogaine. Finasteride is most effective in stimulating hair regrowth over the crown of the scalp.
Rogaine (minoxidil) on the other hand is used to treat hair loss in both men and women of all ages. It is available over the counter without a prescription. Rogaine (minoxidil) is applied topically, that is, it is applied directly to scalp skin where cessation of hair loss and stimulation of new hair growth is desired. Rogaine (minoxidil) is most effective in improving hair growth in central areas of the scalp more than in frontal and/or temporal areas.
While both types of treatments are effective there is a right type for everyone and some doctors even recommend both to some men.
Respectfully yours,
Mark A Bishara, M.D., P.A. Medical Director
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