There are dozens of hair loss medications treatments in the market today but most of them are just ineffective. In fact, the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA) recommends that one should only use FDA approved products. Hair loss is a major disease for men and women today and finding a treatment that works is really very important. There are two significant hair loss medications that work, and are often used to complement a hair transplant treatment.
1. Propecia (Finasteride)
Propecia is available to men only by prescription. It is proven to slow or stop the progression of hair loss by lowering DHT levels. Propecia is most effective in crown hair loss. It is less effective in frontal loss. It has not been shown to be effective in the temples (sides of head forward of the ears). There has not been any noted difference in its performance in different ethnic groups. It prevented the on-set of hair loss in 86% of men taking the drug during clinical trials. 65% of these men experienced an increase in hair growth.
Please Note: Women should not take or handle Propecia tablets because it may cause birth defects. Because the extent of absorption through skin can not be measured easily, FDA’s guideline is not to handle it at all if you are a woman.
2. Rogaine (Minoxidil)
Minoxidil was the first hair loss treatment drug that was approved by the FDA for male baldness. It is available to men (2% and 5%) or women (2%) without a prescription. For years, the Minoxidil pill was used to treat high blood pressure. But a side effect of Minoxidil was hair growth in unexpected places such as on the back, hands and cheeks. Minoxidil was then made into a lotion and the last presentation (since 2007) is foam (5%) for men only used topically to the head on balding areas. Studies show that Minoxidil seems to work best on people under 30 years of age who have been losing their hair for less than 5 years. You can not reply on it for long-term results because once you stop using it, the positive effect will not continue.