topical finasteride minoxidil info

Topical Finasteride 0.3% + Minoxidil 6% Spray Treatment Plan

This medication is designed to help prevent hair loss and promote new hair growth for people with Male Pattern Baldness or androgenetic alopecia. Emerging studies have shown that a topical treatment alternative to oral finasteride is a safe and effective option to treat male-pattern hair loss.
Unlike oral finasteride, topical finasteride + minoxidil spray is a compounded product and has not been approved by the FDA. You may only take this medicine if your doctor determines that this treatment is fit and safe for you..
This treatment plan covers the overall benefits and the risks of the medicine we are recommending. Please take the time to review it along with the manufacturer’s pamphlet that you receive together with the medicine. The manufacturer’s pamphlet contains the full information on the medicine, including interactions, side effects, and other relevant information you should know about the treatment before you start.
Do not use other topical minoxidil products while using the Topical finasteride 0.3% + minoxidil 6% spray. Age: 18+

Are There Any Precautions I Should Know While Using This Topical Medication?

Pregnant women (due to the possibility of absorption of finasteride and the subsequent potential risk to a male fetus), or individuals who have the ability to become pregnant, breastfeeding women, and individuals < than 18 years old should not take or handle this medication.

Minoxidil is a TOXIC SUBSTANCE for DOGS and CATS. Please make sure to keep this away from your pets, especially cats and dogs for safety. Should this happen, please consult your pet's veterinarian.

Avoid this medication if you are allergic to any of these active ingredients:

Do not use this topical medication if any of the following apply to you:

You are taking oral finasteride for hair loss or treatment of an enlarged prostate (Propecia®, Proscar®). Oral finasteride and topical finasteride + minoxidil spray cannot be used at the same time

You are currently taking other medications in the same class as finasteride (5-alpha reductase inhibitors: dutasteride, Avodart®, Jalyn®).

You are allergic to any of the ingredients of topical finasteride + minoxidil.

You have chronic liver disease.

You are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

You are younger than 18 years of age.

You have a history of breast cancer.

You have a history of prostate cancer.

How do I use this topical medication?

Make sure to wash your hands with soap immediately after you apply for the medicine.

This medication should be used once a day only: in the morning or at night. During the evening, apply the medication 30 minutes to 1 hour before bedtime.

Apply at least four sprays of this topical medication which is more or less enough to cover the area on the scalp affected by hair loss. If you have multiple areas affected by hair loss, disperse the 4 sprays across those areas. Apply the medication gently into the scalp using your fingers. Carefully blot any excess medication to avoid it running on your face.

Remove excess medication on your face with mild soap and water. Note that hair can grow anywhere on the skin that the medication comes into contact with.

Immediately wash your hands with soap after applying the medicine.

Avoid getting your hair wet for at least four hours after applying the medication.

Any Practical Tips for Using This Medication / Treatment?

To minimize breakage of new hair that’s grown, use a wide-spaced comb or brush

Minimize or avoid using a blow dryer after applying your medication to dry it faster. This may interfere with the medicine’s absorption on your scalp.

What If I Forget To Apply This Medication / Treatment Plan?

Missing an application occasionally is fine. But note that the medication only works effectively if you use it as prescribed, which is daily.

To help you initially, you may use your phone’s alarm to remind you of your morning / evening treatment regimens.

Is It Ok to Use This Medication / Treatment More Than Once A Day?

Please use the medication as prescribed, which is a maximum of once a day. If you use more than the recommended amount of medication or treatment, it will not improve results. Instead, it may increase the risk of unwanted side effects.

What Can I Expect to Experience During Treatment With This Medication?

You may experience mild hair shedding in the first 2-8 weeks after starting this medication. This is normal and means that the medication is working.

You may experience scalp irritation (e.g., itching, redness, stinging, flaking) upon beginning treatment. But these symptoms are normally mild and short-lived.

What If I Stop This Treatment? What Will Happen?

Stopping medication means losing the benefits gained from the treatment. Your normal hair loss / shedding will likely resume.

What Common Side Effects Can Be Felt With This Medication?

Common side effects of this medication are typically mild and go away with time and regular use. These include:

Potential Side Effects: If You Develop Them, Please Stop Using This Medication And Contact Your Medical Provider Immediately:

These would not be all the possible side effects of topical finasteride + minoxidil spray.For more information, you might want to consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Contact your healthcare provider for inquiry or medical advice regarding side effects. If you experience any new side effects, report them to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Sexual dysfunction (e.g., low libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased volume of ejaculate)

Breast tenderness/enlargement

Unwanted facial hair growth

Symptoms of depression

No scalp hair regrowth after 6 months of use

Accurate Information

We have assessed your health history and other health information you have provided us, and have made recommendations based on these. Failing to provide honest, correct, and accurate information can put you at risk of being misdiagnosed / for your conditions to not be treated properly. This is critical. Please bear this in mind. Should any changes arise, or if you need to update and clarify some information about your health, message or call us anytime.

Treatment Failure

This treatment may not be 100% effective. It could only work partially or may not at all resolve the condition for which you are seeking treatment. In case the treatment does not work, or you are experiencing side effects or worsening symptoms, you are encouraged to call or message us anytime. You may also directly call 911 or seek medical help immediately, in cases of emergency. In such instances, you may need to seek alternative treatment such as those listed below or in the follow-up plan.

Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

Each time, there is always a risk for your healthcare provider to misdiagnose your condition, which in turn affects their recommendation for treatment. This risk is always present with a doctor in person, although finding additional signs and symptoms could aid in the assessment. The healthcare practitioners practicing through the Thrones Health platform rely on evidence-based practice, health guidelines, and clinical decisions for support to minimize these risks.

Accepting or Declining Our Recommendation

When your healthcare provider recommends a treatment, it’s deemed to be the most suitable treatment for you, meaning, potential benefits would outweigh potential risks. However, you are entitled to evaluate this information. Gather your own thoughts with the aid of the manufacturer’s insert, any inputs from your in-person healthcare team, as well as other relevant information you can get hold of, in order to decide if the treatment plan is appropriate for you. Regardless of what is recommended, it will still be up to you. You are free to not follow the recommendations given you, although this comes with risks typically associated with no treatment.

Share with Your In-Person Healthcare Team

You can access your records anytime. We strongly recommend that you update your in-person healthcare team about any new medicines that you are taking or other changes in your health. You can also ask questions anytime by messaging a provider through the Thrones Health platform, and we are happy to help you share any information about your health with your in-person healthcare team.