Hi Dr. Rassman,
I am experiencing hair loss at an early age, as I am only 21. I have started using Rogaine, but I don’t know how well it will work. I have considered using Propecia, but the side effects seem pretty risky. What are your thoughts on Propecia? Is it worth the risk of erectile dysfunction, etc?
I’ve written my thoughts on Propecia on the blog hundreds of times. I figured that even the casual reader would be able to discern my thoughts on Propecia. Use the search box on the top right of the site and you’ll find a wealth of info.
I do prescribe Propecia to my patients and have seen it work very well in young men with early hair loss. The risks are small, but they can happen. The internet hype far outweighs the reality. There’s no way for me to know if you’ll experience any side effects. It’s a prescription medication, so talk to your doctor about your concerns.