Formula 82F – Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil
This compounded medical formulation is the 82M formula mixed with topical finasteride along with some other modifications to improve efficacy of both minoxidil and finasteride. Please see 82M for details about the 82M formulation. With some men who report that they cannot take oral finasteride (Propecia) due to sexual side effects, there has been a resurgence in evaluating the efficacy of topical finasteride as a method of treatment with evidence today that topical finasteride provides the effectiveness of oral finasteride with reduced risk of side effects. 6 In past studies, topical finasteride did not show great promise. However, adding retinoic acid permitted scalp penetration to the hair follicles and titrating the right dosage facilitated greater effectiveness while minimizing serum (blood) absorption. This formula is designed for men and for some post-menopausal women. Women of childbearing age cannot take this medication and should not touch a man’s scalp for 3 hours after application of the product.
Directions for Use: 20 drops are to be applied to needed scalp areas both in the morning and in the evening. Suggested initial supply is two 120 ml prescriptions or 4×60 ml bottles, which should be sufficient for a 3-month supply. Noticeable results require 2 to 3 months.
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