What is the best medication for hair loss?

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Blog, Hair loss | HairMD | May 20, 2021

Best hair loss medication

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 easier to fix your hairline early than to regrow them again. 

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, caffeine shampoos, oils and more all proven as a complete waste of money. So how would you get a hair fall cure? You need to speak to a dermatologist to get US FDA approved medication and treatment regimen that can help slow down the hairfall process. 

In this blog we will look at what are the best medications for hair loss which are dermatologist approved and actually have proven results. Before we jump to medications let’s learn a bit of how these medications work by understanding the process of hair loss. 

What is hair loss?

Hair loss refers to a loss of hairs from the scalp or any part of the body. In medical terms hair loss is also called alopecia. Experts mention that the right hair fall treatment depends upon the cause of the hair fall. There are many different causes of alopecia, some of them are permanent, and some are temporary. 

Here are some of the common causes that can lead to a situation such as alopecia. 

  • Hormones and Genes:

You must have noticed the trend of how all the males of a family may have similar patterns of baldness. This is because alopecia can happen due to the genes that run in the family. Also, there are cases where when someone from the same family takes up hair loss treatment, the hair condition also improves. This is because the main cause in the case of a genetic issue is the hormone. Usually, when Dihydrotestosterone in men and estrogen in females increases too much, then they attack the hair follicles, ultimately weakening them. 

  • Stress:

The next major reason that often leads to excessive hair fall is stress. It has been found in studies that women are prone to the condition of Telogen Effluvium that is a type of alopecia that is caused due to stress. This may not lead to baldness but can cause thinning of the hair. Men may not experience the symptoms as they have shorter hair. Apart from stress, this condition can also happen in women due to some other factors such as childbirth, medications, physical trauma, life changes, and restrictive dieting. 

  • Nutrition:

Often not intaking the right nutrition can also cause situations such as alopecia in which men may face baldness while women may face thinning of hair. Lack of eminent nutrients such as protein, vitamin D, and iron in the diet can lead to the weakening of the hair follicles that ultimately leads to the problem of alopecia. Hence, in place of experimenting with different hair loss products, you should offer some attention to your nutrition.  

  • Diseases:

Some health conditions such as thyroid also are an eminent cause of alopecia. If your thyroid level is low or even high, it can cause several changes in the body such as loss of hair, weight gain, problem in the menstrual cycle, and many others. 

Medication for hair fall control

Today, there are several medication options available for treating situations of hair fall. But trusting them all is obviously not possible. Here are some of the options for the best medicine for hair fall and growth to rely upon.  

1) Minoxidil (Rogaine)

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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 to the scalp. But as it has many side-effects, it is advised to use under Dermatologists guidance only.

2) Finasteride

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Finasteride is more effective than Minoxidil and yields comparatively good results. Generally, It is available in the form of a pill. Finasteride is also a US FDA approved medication, however, its usage may lead to a few side effects, such as decreased sex drive, skin rash, etc. It is mainly a hair loss treatment for men and is advised to be taken only by men with androgenetic hair loss. Women of reproductive age are not usually prescribed Finasteride. 

3) Dutasteride

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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 is also prescribed to males and not to be used by females.

4) Procapil

Procapil is a new formula that strengthens 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 is advised 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 hair regrowth treatment with assured results.

To learn more about the exact hair loss treatment protocol for your hair loss type, you need to speak to a dermatologist. 

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