Minoxidil is a vasodilator medication that allows more blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the hair follicle. It is an over-the-counter medication applied topically or ingested orally. Minoxidil may be used by men or women. It must be used indefinitely to support existing hair follicles and maintain any regrowth.
Finasteride is a prescription medication. It reduces the production of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is one of the causes of hair loss. Finasteride is only prescribed for men. Laser phototherapy targets hair follicles at a cellular level. This provides light energy to kick start cells into working again after DHT has shut them down.
You can use other hair treatments and products in conjunction with your Theradome treatments, such as Minoxidil (Rogaine) or Finasteride (Propecia). It’s preferable to use Theradome prior to using Minoxidil.
If the scalp contains dirt and oil, the dirt will block light absorption and the oil will reflect the laser light away. Do not use any leave-in products on the scalp while doing a Theradome treatment.
We recommend you put any other hair products on after the completion of your Theradome treatment.
It is very important to slowly reduce your dosage over about 6 months (each) to 1 year (preferred). We recommend you don’t immediately stop using Minoxidil. Stopping all of a sudden will cause massive shedding. You can start by reducing the concentration of Minoxidil from 5% to 2.5% for example, then decreasing the number of times per day, then use it every other day, and then two times a week to once a week, and then finally after 6 months to 1 year, stop altogether. Laser phototherapy does not cause shedding, but Minoxidil has clearly labelled side effects of shedding. So it is important to maintain laser phototherapy sessions at all times.