Comparative study of efficacy of topical minoxidil versus topical minoxidil with finasteride in androgenetic alopecia

Adarsh Gowda, K. C. Sushmitha, Krithi Subhash Chandra


Background: Minoxidil and finasteride are most common drugs used in androgenetic alopecia. The objective of the study was to know the efficacy of topical minoxidil solution with and without finasteride.

Methods: In total about 30 subjects, aged 18-45 years, who came for outpatient consultation for male pattern androgenetic alopecia were randomized into two groups. Group A was treated with 0.1% topical finasteride and 5% minoxidil solution and Group B was treated with 5% minoxidil solution after taking informed consent from subjects of both groups.

Results: Analysis of the extent of bald area, hair count and number of terminal hair showed better results in group A compared to group B.

Conclusions: Better results were obtained with combination of topical minoxidil with finasteride than with plain topical minoxidil.


Androgenetic alopecia, Testosterone, Dihydro testosterone, Male pattern baldness, Topical minoxidil, Topical finasteride

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