Q. I am a 25-year-old electronics engineer. I have some questions regarding hair loss. Does rninoxidil 5% lotion stop hair fall completely or does it only promote hair growth? Since I have been using Mintop 5% for the past 2 months, I have observed slight regrowth but my hair fall has not stopped completely. After applying Mintop at night, I observe some substance accumulated on the scalp in the morning, which I have to wash using shampoo. What is this substance? I had used Finpecia (finasteride) tablets for 8 days and then stopped. This prescription was given to me by a dermatologist who also told me that he has patients who have been using Mintop 5% and Finpecia tablet (daily 1 tablet) for the past 2 years with no side effects. Can I take finasteride tablet?
A. Mintop lotion is used for the treatment of both androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata. However, finasteride is useful in the treatment of the former. It depends on what your problem is. Most published studies have not tried both medicines Simultaneously. Mintop lotion is not effective in all cases. The mechanism of hair loss is different in these two disorders. Logically, the mode of action of medicine in each individual has to be different. Every individual, even those without any disease, lose hair every day, as a part of normal hair growth kinetics. A normal person can lose up to 150 hair per day. What collects on your scalp has to be analysed.