Finasteride, an FDA approved drug, has been shown to be effective in halting hair loss and even reversing the process to a degree. Also, known as Propecia, Finasteride is the first drug of its kind to treat male pattern hair loss and is a popular choice for hair loss patients today.
DOES FINASTERIDE WORK?
Finasteride is highly effective for the majority of its users.
Not only does the medication, slow the process of hair loss, but it can also stimulate the regrowth of previously lost hair. Clinical trials show that hair loss stopped in 86% of participants and 65% of participants experienced a “substantial” increase in hair growth. Evidence suggests that the longer Finasteride is taken, the better it works.
Finasteride is often the first line of treatment our doctors recommend to patients experiencing male pattern baldness and can be combined with Minoxidil to achieve optimal results. Finasteride can also be used in combination with hair restoration surgery to achieve and maintain the best patient results.
Finasteride results after
six months of treatment
A 1mg dose daily is the suggested treatment for male-pattern hair loss.
By prescription. Finasteride comes in 2 strengths:
1mg- brand (Propecia) or generic
5mg- brand (Proscar) or generic
Speak to our doctors to find your recommended dose.
As with any drug, some side effects are possible. However, with Finasteride, such side effects are reversible upon cessation of treatment.
Finasteride is most effective in those with mild to moderate hair loss. Although it helps PREVENT further hair loss. its is not a magic hair growth pill. If the patient has lost too much hair, the effect will barely be noticeable. Finasteride therapy must be continued to maintain a positive result.
Minoxidil was developed in the late 1960s and was first used as a treatment for hypertension (high blood pressure).
After patients began to report abnormal hair growth as a side effect researchers formulated a topical solution for targeted treatment of scalp hair loss.
Many expensive “hair growth therapies” contain topical Minoxidil amongst other ingredients. Minoxidil is approved for both men and women.
HOW IS IT USED?
Minoxidil is applied to the scalp as a liquid or foam; ideally right after bathing. Maximum efficacy is reached with two daily applications to the affected area for men and one daily application for women.
HOW IT WORKS
How Minoxidil acts to slow hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth is not well understood. It is believed that Minoxidil sulfate act by prolonging the anagen phase (growth phase) of the hair follicle, and by increasing follicular size.
Patients must be consistent and apply this therapy daily or risk causing shedding. If patients decide to discontinue topical Minoxidil it is advisable to wean the dosed amount over several weeks rather than abrupt discontinuation, as the latter is more likely to provoke shedding in patients who are responsive to the medication.
Studies have shown that Minoxidil slows hair loss and promotes hair regrowth in both men and women. The 5% formulation is generally more effective.
Positive response to minoxidil therapy (reduced hair loss and/or hair regrowth) varies dramatically between various communities. From about 50% to more than 80% Likely owing to genetic variation in study recipients.
The most commonly reported side effects are scalp redness, itchy scalp, dryness and flaking. Unwanted hair growth or hypertrichosis on the face and hands may occur. The risk of facial hair growth from absorption is about 3% in most studies. Hypertrichosis is completely reversible.
Some patients may develop a true allergy with associated swelling and hives, if this is the case the patient should seek medical attention and stop the medication immediately.
CONTRAINDICATIONS AND PRECAUTIONS
Minoxidil is contraindicated in pregnancy and is not recommended for use when breastfeeding.
Allergy to Minoxidil
Caution should be taken for those with cardiovascular illnesses.
Also, combined with oral Finasteride, Minoxidil appears to synergistically enhance the hair regrowth effect of Finasteride. Hair doctors commonly recommend the combination of these drugs; provided patients must be committed to the daily regimen that topical minoxidil requires.