My dermatologist says combining finasteride and minoxidil doesn’t improve results

I just got my first box of finasteride 1 mg today.  I wanted to get minoxidil 5% as well, but I need a prescription for that where I live.  However, my dermatologist said the action of finasteride and minoxidil isn’t synergic, and that I won’t get better results by adding topical minoxidil to oral finasteride. That’s the opposite of everything I’ve heard so far. Men do combine oral finasteride and topical minoxidil 5% exactly to get better results, don’t they?

I don’t agree with your dermatologist. These two medications have different modes of action so taking them in combination, especially for the crown, is more effective.

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