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ItsOhWell30 karma

I think we might take the same drug because I'm on Finasteride (Propecia) for my male pattern baldness. Do you take a lot of Finasteride? Is it something in your daily routine and if so, how much of it do you take?

I'm on 1.25mg a day and I haven't had any noticeable side effects except my hair is growing out a bit and my nails grow pretty fast now.

ItsOhWell30 karma

I've suffered from stress/depression/anxiety for my entire life. The only thing(s) that seem to work are benzodiazapenes and SSRI's.

Do you believe there is an alternative to pharmacological treatment for these conditions? Anything in clinical trials or even experimental phases you think look promising?

This country is terrible at mental health and my GP is basically acting as my psychiatrist since they're all booked up or won't take my insurance. This is in a major metro area as well. So, thank you for what you're doing.

Also - do you believe we *all* have stress, anxiety, and some form of depression? I hate to get philosophical or metaphysical here, but it seems to me over the years to be a commonality in that we all suffer from mental health issues in one way, shape or form.

ItsOhWell3 karma

It's relatively safe* to take them if you have MPB. You want the generic version of Propecia called Finasteride (5mg) and then you cut them in to quarters and take a single quarter a day.

You also should use Minoxidil foam or the solution twice a day.

That will at least stop if not slightly reverse baldness but it's not a magic bullet. It will definitely help, though. Finasteride is $9 for a 3 month supply at Walmart without insurance but you need a prescription for it.

  • I say it's safe but there can be side effects. Most notably gynecomastia which is a basically a man growing boobs. It doesn't happen to everyone, but it can happen if you take too much of the drug or if you are particularly sensitive to it.