Yet again I’ve started a new hair loss treatment plan and I wanted to write a quick update. I went for my three month follow up Dermatologist appointment today. Since I’m on spironolactone the doctor wants to see me often to make sure I’m not having horrible side effects (I’m not). The Derm I’ve seen the last few times switched locations across town, and I was given the option to stay at my current clinic location, but to see her Physician Assistant instead. I jumped at the chance because I was hoping this new person would give me a higher dose of spironolactone for my hair loss.
• Another Dermatologist visit + Spironolactone update
The Physician Assistant just glanced at my hair and asked me if anything was new, and if I was taking the Prednisone I was prescribed by the main hair loss doctor. I explained that I had a huge fear of Prednisone, even though it’s a very low 1mg dose, and that I didn’t feel comfortable taking it (maybe I’ll change my mind one day). I’m sure she thinks I’m nuts for taking Spironolactone but not Prednisone. Anyway, I told her I haven’t seen results from the Spiro but that I would like to continue taking it, and go up to the standard dose for hair loss (which is at least 100mg). The main doctor balked at this request, but the Physician Assistant said it was fine and gave me a prescription for 50mg twice a day – yay! I’m going to do 75mg for two weeks and then go up to 100mg if I can handle it. Three weeks into the Spiro my hair stopped shedding, and I was thinking it was actually working, but a month later the shed picked back up to what it normally is – a lot considering I don’t have that much hair. I am very worried taking Spiro will have been a mistake in the end, but my hair is screwed either way at this point so I might as well take a chance.
• Rogaine 2%
After my hair restoration appointment, I was left feeling like I wasn’t doing enough to treat my hair loss (yeah I know that sounds crazy since I’m doing a ton) but that doctor stressed that I should really be using Rogaine to thicken up my thinning strands. Last summer I used Rogaine 5% and for two months I had terrible headaches and a terrible shed, and I couldn’t handle either one so I quit the Rogaine. Now I just use it on my temples and hairline. A few years earlier I had used Rogaine 2% (the women’s version) without having headaches or shedding (or results) but I have decided to give it a shot again. I’m so worried about the shedding so I’m just doing a test area on the top of my head – only on one side, and not near my part. I don’t know how I will tell if it’s working, but if I shed a ton, hopefully it won’t be as noticeable as it would be if I did my whole head. If the shedding isn’t too bad after a month, I will move to more areas.
What confuses me about liquid Rogaine is that it’s extremely hard to use and cover all of your scalp. I wish it were like a serum or shampoo that can be rubbed in everywhere. I’m afraid that I will miss different spots every day, and then it will cause shedding, but since I miss areas, it won’t make the hair grow back thicker. I haven’t tried the Rogaine foam, which a lot of people say is easier to use, but that only comes in the 5% strength. If I can tolerate the 2% for several months, I may then try the foam, but I worry about having yet another shed from that. UGH!
The hair restoration doctor also recommended I take Viviscal, and the pills came today. The doctor claims they sell a stronger version at their clinic, but I just bought the over-the-counter Viviscal Extra Strength. I find it hard to believe they will work, but I won’t be able to live with myself if I don’t try everything within reason! What sucks is that they are expensive and I will need to take them for several months to see if I even have any results. Their main ingredient is an AminoMar C Marine Complex, which is made from deep sea fish. I don’t know how this is different than the regular fish oil pills I already take. If you look at reviews online, everyone is raving about Viviscal, but unfortunately I am immune to the placebo effect, unlike a lot of people.
• Final thoughts
It’s not a good idea to do what I’m doing and start three new things in one week – a higher dose of the Spiro medication, 2% Rogaine (even if it is just in a test area), and Viviscal. If my hair starts shedding less, I won’t know why, and if it sheds more, I won’t know the culprit! I just don’t have time to waste trying one thing for 6 months before moving on. Have you tried any new hair loss treatments recently? What have been your results?