Always see your doctor before pursuing any form of treatment for scalp inflammation. Bear in mind that alopecia areata is generally a very unpredictable condition and some hair patches may regrow by themselves without treatment. However, your doctor may administer steroid injections to counteract the inflammatory effects of this type of condition. Topical steroids (hydrocortisone) and Minoxidil may bring real improvements, although there is no effective “cure” for scalp inflammation itself. Remember there is no harm in trying as long as a medical professional approves, and that every organism is unique and responds to treatment in its own way.
An even larger concern surfaced when reports arose of men having persistent side effects even after the medication was discontinued. A 2012 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine attempted to determine whether the symptoms really could be long-lasting or irreversible. Fifty-four men under 40 who had continued sexual dysfunction despite a three-month cessation of finasteride therapy were reassessed at an average of 14 months. Ninety-six percent of these men continued to have persistent sexual dysfunction despite no further treatment with finasteride.
Although many prescription drugs and some over the counter medications may cause hair loss, it's rarely permanent and usually stops when treatment ends.
Don't attempt to self-diagnose, or stop any medication that you think is causing the problem. Discuss the situation with your doctor.
Read everything you can about every medication that's prescribed for you. If it seems to be a common hair loss cause, ask if you can have an alternative drug.
You can usually expect your locks to be back to their former glory within a few months of stopping your medication.