Prescription Drug Therapy

Prescription drug therapy is a treatment for hair restoration that works to stop or slow hair loss and, for some patients, even reverse hair loss. It is important to have an understanding as to how the medications work in terms of what they do and their effects so that you can have a firm understanding for a course of action to stop, reverse, or restore hair.

WHAT ARE THE MOST RECOMMENDED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR HAIR RESTORATION?

There are two primary drugs used to treat hair restoration with prescription drug therapy. These two drugs are the only FDA-approved drugs used to treat hair loss.

Rogaine

Rogaine (Minoxidil) is the only direct hair growth stimulator. This topical solution works to slow or stop hereditary hair loss in four out of five people. Used by men and women, some users have even been shown to grow new hair.It revitalizes shrunken hair follicles to increase their size, possibly lengthening the growing phase.

ARE BOTH DRUGS PRESCRIBED TO WOMEN EXPERIENCING HAIR LOSS?

The only drug approved for women is Rogaine. Due to its effects on a male foetus, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant cannot take or even handle Propecia. In addition, post-menopausal women show no hair growth when taking Propecia.

Propecia Propecia® is the only oral prescription medication FDA-approved drug to treat male pattern baldness. This drug works to block testosterone from converting to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is the hormone that causes male pattern baldness so that hair follicles can fully grow. It revitalizes shrunken hair follicles to increase their size, possibly lengthening the growing phase. It is important to know that Propecia must be taken for at least a year to determine its effectiveness. Additionally, it is common for patients to experience increased hair loss within the first six months as thinning hair is replaced by new, healthier hair

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