What is best medication for hair loss?
Best medication for hair loss
Sadly it is not uncommon to see a more and more receding hairline every day. There is an estimate, around 50 million men are affected by male pattern baldness and nearly 2/3rd of them experience early signs of baldness in their early 20’s. If you have a typical m-shaped pattern on temples you might have a shiny future ahead. So the best way to avoid this is to treat hair fall in its early stages itself. It is always easy to repair your hairs than to regrow them again. Let’s see medication for hair loss.
You might have seen tons of infomercials and posters about random medicines which combat hair loss but certainly don’t be fooled by them! The herbal lotions, laser beams or caffeine shampoos all proven as a complete waste of money. So how would you treat or cure your hair fall? Some US FDA approved medicines that slow down the process quite a bit. These can be consumed with combinations under Dermatologists guidance so as to acquire the desired results.
What is hair loss?
Hair loss refers to a loss of hairs from the scalp or any part of the body. In medical term hair loss is also called as alopecia. There are many different causes of alopecia, some of them are permanent, and some are temporary. Hair loss is more common in men, affecting almost 60% of men and up to 40% of women. There are various treatments and medications available to treat hair loss.
Medication for hair fall control
Let’s see medications generally prescribed to control hair fall.
1) Minoxidil (Rogaine)
Minoxidil, the US FDA approved medication to treat hair loss. It was initially used to treat high blood pressure but later found to have a side effect of excessive hair growth. And yes isn’t that just convenient for us? It has been approved by the US FDA to be used to combat hair loss. It should be applied directly on the scalp. But as it has many side-effects, it is advised to use under Dermatologists guidance only.
2) Finasteride (Propecia)
Finasteride is more effective than Minoxidil and yields comparatively good results. Generally, It is available in the form of a pill. Finasteride also a US FDA approved medication however few side effects involved in it. Such as cold sweat, dizziness, swelling in the legs and arms, etc. It is advised to be taken only by men with androgenetic hair loss. Women’s advised not to take it.
It generally, helps to prevent the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the human body. Dutasteride, not the US FDA approved medication prescribed for male-pattern baldness. Just like finasteride, Dutasteride also prescribed to males and not to be used by females.
Procapil is a new formula which strengths your hair and helps in preventing hair loss naturally. It also reduces the effects of DHT on hair follicles.
5) Ketoconazole Shampoo
This is one of the best shampoos which really helps in combating hair loss. And it is easily available commercially. It is available in two versions: 1% and 2% ketoconazole. However, this shampoo advised using with Minoxidil and Finasteride to get good results.
If you don’t want to go the medicinal route in a starting phase there are other ways like a balanced diet, massages, regulated sleep cycles, etc to control hair fall. However, these medications or home remedies might or might not resolve the hair loss issue. But a hair transplant technique is a certified option with assured results.
I hope, I have tried giving information about all the medicines for hair loss. If you think you want to know more. So what are you waiting for? Act now! HairMD is the place for you to go! You can even call us on +91-7888 091 119 we will help you more.
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