Q. Is it safe to use Minoxidil continuously for male pattern baldness?

Answered by
Dr. Kakkar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Jan 07, 2016 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

I am suffering from male pattern baldness along with dandruff. Because of dandruff, I keep on itching my scalp. I consulted a doctor, and she recommended me to use Betamethasone dipropionate and Zinc sulphate lotion along with Adgain capsule and a mild medicated shampoo. I used these products for a period of three months. Initially, I was very happy with its response.  As my hair seemed perfect I quit the product for six months. Once I quit the product, again I had hair fall. Now, since one month I am using Minoxidil and have same feeling that once I stop this product again I will have same problem. Now, I would like to know, is it fine to use Betamethasone dipropionate and Zinc sulphate lotion for some time to regain the lost hair and then continue with Minoxidil? Can I start using Minoxidil continuously? Please suggest me, if any other alternative is present. Thank you in advance.

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hello.

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read your query in detail and understood your concern.

As far as Betamethasone dipropionate and Zinc sulphate lotion is concerned, it is mainly given for dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis and hair fall due to it. It has no effect on androgenetic hair loss. Since, you had dandruff this lotion would have helped to reduce hair fall because of it.

Minoxidil is approved for androgenetic alopecia. It should be used in 5% concentration.

During the initial part of therapy with Minoxidil, patients might interpret increased hair shedding. But it is temporary and it is due to new hair growth that pushes telogen hair (shedding of hair during the resting phase of hair follicle) out of hair follicle.

In addition to Minoxidil I would also suggest you to take a tablet of Finasteride 1 mg once daily.

  • Tablet Finasteride is also approved remedy for androgenetic alopecia and it slows down further progression of hair loss and thinning by inhibiting an enzyme 5 alpha reductase present in hair follicles. This enzyme is mainly responsible for androgenetic alopecia. It converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT causes thinning and hair fall in androgenetic alopecia.
  • Together tablet Minoxidil and tablet Finasteride would serve to arrest further progression and also reverse early hair loss and thinning.
  • The main aim is to preserve existing hair. Therefore earlier the therapy is initiated and continued for long term, better are the results.
  • For dandruff you may use Betamethasone lotion once daily at night for 2 weeks and then discontinue with it.
  • Betamethasone for dandruff should not be used regularly and for long term because it is a potent steroid and can have side effects.
  • Along with this, I would suggest you to use antidandruff shampoo namely Triatop shampoo. You can continue with this shampoo for a long duration.
  • My suggestion is, use Betamethasone dipropionate lotion once every night for 2 weeks only along with an antidandruff shampoo for dandruff.
  • For androgenetic alopecia, I would suggest you to start Minoxidil 5%, 1 ml, twice daily, to be used on the skin of scalp.
  • In addition, I would like you to start tablet Finasteride (Finax) 1 mg.

Revert back after 2 weeks to a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

Thank you doctor,

Now, I should start with Betamethasone dipropionate lotion daily at night for 2 weeks along with tablet Finasteride 1 mg and Triatop shampoo. And stop using Minoxidil. After 2 weeks, I should start taking Minoxidil 5% continuously. My question is, for how long should I take tablet Finax? Can I oil my hair once or twice a week? Kindly suggest.

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
#

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Use Betamethasone dipropionate lotion for two weeks. Then, use Minoxidil just once daily in the morning.
  • Once you are done with Betamethasone dipropionate, you may use Minoxidil twice daily.
  • Start with tablet Finax 1 mg. Tablet Finasteride is ideally to be taken for the rest of your life.

For further queries consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

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