Compare Propecia vs. Rogaine
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Helps your hair grow back.
Propecia (finasteride) helps men with hair growth, but needs to be used for at least 3 months or more to see full benefits.
Treats hair loss.
Rogaine (minoxidil) can improve hair loss, but may not work for everyone.
- Significant increases in hair count were seen at 6 and 12 months in men taking Propecia (finasteride). At 12 months there was a 107-hair difference from those men not taking Propecia (finasteride).
- Available in a generic form.
- Is useful as a supplemental treatment to hair transplant surgery.
- Most side effects go away after your body gets used to Propecia (finasteride).
- Is available over-the-counter and as a less expensive generic product.
- You only need to apply this twice a day.
- Only good for the crown of the head. If you have a receding hairline, Propecia (finasteride) may not work.
- If you stop taking it, you will lose the hair you grew while on it.
- Can take 3 months or longer to see full benefits.
- Sexual side effects can continue after you stop taking Propecia (finasteride).
- You need to have your blood tested regularly for signs of prostate cancer while taking Propecia (finasteride).
- Should never be used by women or children.
- Cannot be used for frontal baldness.
- Is not as effective on hair loss that is old or large in area. You should use Rogaine (minoxidil) at the first sign of hair loss.
- Does not work on hair loss that is due to medications (such as chemotherapy), nutritional problems, or certain medical conditions.
- Is not a permanent solution for hair loss. Once you stop using Rogaine (minoxidil), hair loss will occur again within 3 to 6 months.
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1possible side effects
- Decreased libido2%
The Rogaine (minoxidil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
- Risk during pregnancy
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels
- Prostate cancer
- Men aged 55 years or older
- Taking 5 mg/day
- Heart problems
- Heart problems
- Hair color changes
- Appropriate use
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding