Minoxidil vs Finasteride in the Treatment of Men With Androgenetic Alopecia

    September 2003 in “Archives of Dermatology
    Abir Saraswat, Bhushan Kumar
    Image of study
    TLDR Finasteride slightly better long-term, minoxidil faster initial results, but stopping minoxidil may cause hair loss.
    This study compared the effectiveness of oral finasteride and topical minoxidil in treating androgenetic alopecia (AA) in men. Both treatments were similarly effective in stopping the progression of AA, with finasteride producing marginally better results with increasing duration of treatment. Minoxidil produced faster initial improvement in hair growth in up to a third of treated patients, but interruption of minoxidil treatment can induce telogen effluvium, which can lead to severe hair loss.
    View this study on archderm.jamanetwork.com →

    Cited in this study