Hair Loss MedicationThere are currently two very effective ways of stopping the signs of hair loss and encouraging some degree of regrowth / regeneration using prescription medication. Minoxidil – (Male & Female use) Minoxidil is available as a lotion, designed as a topical daily treatment on the scalp – 15% of users experience hair re-growth. Minoxidil normally needs at least four months of continuous use before any effect is noticeable. The balding pattern will normally resume if treatment stops. Any new hair that does re-grow falls out two months after treatment is stopped. Side effects are uncommon. Finasteride – (Male use only) Finasteride is used for male-pattern baldness, it is available in tablet form that is effective and simple to take. Finasteride that is taken regularly (daily or every other day – dependant on dosage) has been shown to increase hair growth and prevent further hair loss in men.
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How does Minoxodil work?
Minoxidil reactivates or revitalises shrunken hair follicles, increasing their size. As you continue to use Minoxidil, follicles gain greater volume, their growing phases become longer, and they produce longer, thicker hairs.
Should I use Minoxodil even though I'm not experiencing hair loss?
Minoxidil should only be used if you are experiencing hereditary hair loss. In other words, if there is a history of hair loss in your family (on your mother’s or father’s side) then there is hereditary hair loss in your family. If you are losing your hair for any other reason (eg due to medication, stress, illness, etc) then we recommend that you consult your doctor in the first instance.
What kind of results can I expect?
Minoxidil has to do a lot of work on and in your scalp before you will begin to see a change. In the beginning, you will need to realise that your follicles are “seeing” results, even if you are not. While Minoxidil works hard on your scalp to re-grow hair, it is important to realise that Minoxidil can help stop further hair loss by revitalising and stimulating hair follicles. During the first two months you may lose or shed more hair than usual. This will be especially true in the first 2-4 weeks, as the follicles make way for new growth. You will also be establishing your twice-a-day application regimen. Don’t worry if you see an increase in the number of hairs falling out into the sink every day. This is actually a sign that Minoxidil is working, and that your follicles are coming back to life. After the first couple of months, you may start to see results. Minoxidil makes miniaturised follicles larger and prolongs the growth phase of your hairs’ natural growing process, increasing the number of active follicles in this phase. Eventually, new growth may appear as soft, almost clear hair, which is another sign that Minoxidil is working, stimulating growth. Eventually those clear hairs may grow to the normal size, length and colour that you are accustomed to. Remember though, everyone is different. Some notice results in 2 to 4 months, but to see your best results it could take up to a year.
How frequently is Minoxidil applied?
You will need to apply Minoxidil twice daily to stop hair loss and re-grow hair. Apply Minoxidil in the morning once your hair has dried, after washing your hair. Apply it again in the evening, at least an hour or two before you go to bed, to allow it to dry completely. Be sure to wash your hands completely after application to help prevent spreading Minoxidil to your eyes, face and other areas of the body.
What happens if you stop using Minoxidil?
If you decide to stop using Minoxidil then you will lose the hair you have re-grown within a few months. Your original pattern of hair loss will recommence.
Is Minoxidil safe and clinically proven way to control your hair loss?
The medical community has conducted extensive research for over two decades, conclusively proving that Minoxidil works for most men and women. For some it helps to stop hair loss, and for others it re-grows hair that has been lost. Minoxidil has been approved by the FDA for use by both men and women who suffer from pattern hair loss due to a history of hair loss in their family. If you have someone on either side of the family who suffered from pattern hair loss then Minoxidil may work for you.
How does Finasteride work?
Finasteride gets to the ‘root’ cause of male pattern hair loss. Scalp hairs grow in cycles and every 2-6 years a new one is formed in the hair follicle which pushes the old one out. It is now known the gradual thinning of successive hair and the eventual loss of hair on the scalp can be caused by the action of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in men that are genetically sensitive to it. DHT is formed by the action of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. By producing the enzyme Finasteride reduces the amount of DHT in the scalp and this can lead to the reversal of the balding process. When a course of Finasteride is taken most men can expect no further hair loss or a considerable slow down. In recent clinical trials where hair loss was measured by the number of scalp hairs a man gained or lost – 83% of those taking Finasteride showed no further loss after 2 years. A further clinical trial showed 66% of men had an increase in hair growth.
What are the side effects of Finasteride?
Finasteride is very well tolerated in men. In clinical studies drug related side effects were reported in very few men who took the drug. 1.8% experienced a decrease in sex drive. 1.3% suffered temporary erectile dysfunction. Side effects were often temporary and were resolved in all men who stopped treatment.