While minoxidil and finasteride work in different areas of the body, they can be used together without risking drug interactions. Consult your healthcare provider before using either medicine. This combination can cause side effects in some individuals, so use with caution. There are other potential side effects associated with minoxidil as well, including sensitivity to itching and burning at the application site.
Among the most common side effects associated with finasteride are trouble obtaining an erection and reduced interest in sex. Fortunately, these side effects usually clear up over time. However, finasteride may cause problems getting pregnant and passing semen, which can be harmful to an unborn child.
Another common side effect is temporary hair shedding. This happens because the medication stimulates the thinning hair to shed and replace it with new, healthier hair. The increased shedding is a good thing, as it means “bad” hair is falling out to make way for new, healthy hair.
Male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is a common problem affecting older men. It’s caused by changes in a man’s hormone levels over time. It affects about 50 million men in the U.S., and one in two men will experience some degree of baldness by the time he turns 50. It can be a very psychologically devastating problem for many men. Fortunately, finasteride and minoxidil are available to treat this condition. When used properly, finasteride and minoxidil can regrow hair.