Medications for Hair
You Have Options
Topical medications are available for both men and women, such as Rogaine® or Propecia, ® that promote hair regrowth and reverse miniaturization. You may also need different medications to treat an underlying problem.
Many medicines on the market are designed to slow hair loss, stimulate new hair growth, or both.
If you are losing hair at a higher rate than usual for you, you might have already heard of Rogaine ( minoxidil). This is a popular product for hair regrowth medication to treat hair loss in men and you can purchase this hair loss treatment as a liquid or foam form and comes as on over-the-counter (OTC) drug. Rogaine works for certain types of baldness and only by continued use. However, you probably won't grow back all your lost hair.
Rogaine is an antihypertensive drug, a vasodilator. It works by opening your blood vessels and allowing blood to flow easily. Its original purpose was to treat hypertension (it’s still widely used for this purpose), but minoxidil is most often associated with hair regrowth, a favorable side effect of this oral medication.
Doctors prescribe this topical minoxidil to deal with hair loss in men caused by male pattern baldness in adults 18 years and older. Interestingly, medical professionals also prescribe oral minoxidil to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
Does Minoxidil (Rogaine) Work for Hair Loss?
Rogaine (minoxidil) is a medication for hair regrowth and slowing down hair loss in men. It's the most widely available treatment for male pattern baldness and it's the first treatment option for hair loss since it can be purchased over the counter.
The medical community uses minoxidil (Romaine) as part of the treatment for male pattern baldness, or in cases with no substantial hair growth, on the scalp resulting from using finasteride. Some patients respond to minoxidil. Additionally, finasteride is a highly effective nonsurgical hair loss treatment option for many men.
Before trying minoxidil, talk with Dr. Sanders; your personal or family history might change the probability of possible side effects, especially if you have cardiac issues.
Dr. Sanders will evaluate the best coarse of action during your consultation.
FINASTERIDE (PROPECIA) FOR HAIR LOSS
Medication is one of the most popular treatment option if your experiencing hair loss. People typically begin with topical treatments like minoxidil (better known as Rogaine) since it's an over-the-counter (OTC) and no prescription is needed.
If Romaine (minoxidil) doesn’t work to your satisfaction, you can talk to your doctor about finasteride (Propecia), an oral medication. Finasteride is the first medication of its kind, and it has proven to be effective in the majority of people who take it.
DOES PROPECIA WORK?
With so many products promoting itself as hair loss solutions for male pattern baldness, we get that you have questions. You can trust finasteride to be very effective in the majority of people who take it to treat their male pattern baldness.
There have been a mountain of studies involving thousands of men who were observed over a period of up to five years and this studies have shown Propecia not only slows the process of hair loss, but it actually helps regrow some of the hair already lost!
Clinical trials show the progression of hair loss stopped in 86% of participants and 65% experienced a “substantial” increase in hair growth. Evidence suggests finasteride is more effective in year five of use than in year one. Finasteride is often the first recommendation doctors give to patients experiencing male pattern baldness because of its efficacy in such a large portion of those who take it.
It’s important to note that finasteride is most effective in those with mild to moderate hair loss. It's best if the person is early on in the hair loss process. If too much hair has been lost then the effects will barely be noticeable.