Hello readers! My package has finally come in and I am very excited to add my new products to my daily routine. As I stated in my last post I have ordered three products including Tugain (minoxidil), Nizral (ketoconazole), and Finpecia (finasteride). I will include a photo of these three products so that if any of you decide to order them you can know what you are looking for.
These products are known as the Big 3 in hair-loss solutions circles. Almost every review, blog post, and blog comment I have researched related to this issue swear by this regimen. The main reasons why the Big 3 is so popular has to do with how they help a person solve their hair loss issues. Finasteride works by inhibiting the body’s ability to produce DHT, a hormone which, when synthesized by the enzyme 5a-reductase, causes the hair follicle to shrink. This results in abnormal hair production and eventually the hair will cease to grow, causing baldness. Ketoconazole shampoo helps by acting as an anti-androgen, combating the androgen DHT at the scalp level, and also anti-inflammatory on the scalp by reducing the inflammation the results from the exchange between DHT and 5a-reductase. Minoxidil is thought to work by opening potassium channels, widening blood vessels, and thus allowing blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the hair follicle acting as a hair growth stimulant. It should be noted that the ways the all three of these products work have only really been theorized.
As for the prices of these items I have included the following:
Finpecia 1mg – 90 tablets – $15.04
Tugain 5% – 1 bottle – $15.02
Nizral shampoo 30ml – 1 bottle – $2.41
Shipping – $25.00
This is the cheapest prices I have found for these items and especially for the quantity of finasteride that I got. The medications do come from India, but a lot of generic forms of drugs are made in India and by Cipla which the Tugain and Finpecia clearly show this labeling and the Nizral shows the Johnson & Johnson labeling. I ordered these medications from alldaychemist.com. They do not require a prescription as they fall under some weird loophole in the law that I still do not fully understand in which a person may receive medications without a prescription from overseas as long as they are not more than 3 month quantities and for personal use.
The regimen itself is often debated and augmented by each individual, but the one most recommended, both by users and according to studies and packaging directions, includes the following:
1mg Finasteride 1x daily
I ml Minoxidil 2x daily (This comes in liquid, foam, and gel form)
Ketoconazole 2% 2x-3x a week
I encourage anyone to do their own research on this regimen before committing as to be well informed about all facets of this regimen. I also do not recommend doing this without a physician’s supervision. There can be some negative side effects that accompany these medications. For example, the alcohol in the minoxidil and the active ingredient in the ketoconazole solution may cause scalp irritation, flaking, itching, and other such ailments. The finasteride can cause several sexual health related symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, reduced sperm count, and also reduced ejaculant volume. These side effects are not all inclusive and again encourage everyone to do their own research and take the necessary precautions before starting this regimen.
I am by no means and expert on this subject, but I do look forward to putting all my research to good use and document my experience with these products. I hope to keep everyone informed as I begin this journey and also hope to continue my research so I can further inform any thinking about trying these and other product related to hair loss prevention and solutions.