Hair Loss Medication

Hair loss treatment varies from hair system extension wigs to medications and hair transplant surgeries. In hair loss medication, USA doctors treat (alopecia) thinning hair with prescription Finasteride & Minoxidil hair loss medications. Read the medications’ side effects risks.

Female Hair Loss Treatment Hair Replacement Dallas, TX
Nu Hair has easy ways to get your hair back.

What medication is best for hair loss?

Evaluation of hair loss medications

Losing hair is common. According to the US Government, sixty percent of all men, or two out of three men, experience some form of hair loss in their life. An estimated 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States have male pattern hair loss.

  • How much hair are you losing?
  • Is there a medical and family history of hair loss?
  • Is your hair falling out in small patches? 
  • Is your hair falling out due to genetics androgenic alopecia?
  • Is your hair falling out in small patches? 
  • Chemicals used on the hair may cause hair to fall out
  • Are you taking a new medicine, steroids, or chemotherapy that may cause excessive hair shedding?
  • Are you going through any physical trauma or a severe illness that may cause hair loss?

Pattern baldness and hair loss appear because of high levels of androgens, such as testosterone and dihydroxy-testosterone (DHT). You are debating on the use of hair growth medications. What medication is best for hair loss? A doctor’s diagnosis will assess treatment and medication options. You will discuss medications, side effects, or risks that may apply to hair loss medications

Real hair. Real people. 972-490-7766

Hair loss medications

Finasteride and Minoxidil

In reality, there is currently no medication that cures baldness. Some hair loss products can help slow down the process, but there is no cure for the most common type of hair loss called male pattern baldness. The effectiveness of medications used to treat hair loss depends on the cause of hair loss. Two drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration show a positive effect and are most widely used. Finasteride and Minoxidil drugs. They work by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into five alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Other medications doctors use to treat hair loss are cortisone injections into the scalp or ointment of anthralin, usually for extensive alopecia areata conditions. 

Men's Hair Replacement System Hairstyle DFW Dallas, TX
*Photos are Nu Hair & Transitions members' hair restoration results of hair replacement systems, wigs, and laser therapy.
Real hair. Real clients. 972-490-7766
Men Hair Restoration Hair Replacement System Dallas TX
Non-medical hair loss treatments

Minoxidil Medication 

Minoxidil Medication Treatment & risks

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Minoxidil (Rogaine) is an over-the-counter medication; no prescription is needed. This topical medication is rubbed into the scalp twice daily. Side effects can include irritation of the scalp. Most noteworthy, new hair stops growing soon after the use of the drug is discontinued. Also, upon terminating the medication, hair re-growth will fall out within six months. According to Pharmacia and Upjohn companies, minoxidil treatment for hair loss works better for younger or those with recent hair loss. 

Minoxidil’s hair loss mediation known possible side effects include an itchy scalp & maybe sudden weight gain, chest pains, fainting, or rapid heartbeat.

Finasteride

Treatment & risks

Finasteride (Propecia)

Finasteride (Propecia) Propecia is a 4 AZA steroid compound that is a specific inhibitor of type 2, 5 Alpha Reductase, the enzyme that metabolizes the androgen testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This prescription medication to treat male-pattern baldness is taken daily in pill form. People with liver disease or prostate cancer should not be using this drug. Children should avoid any contact with this medication. Women who may become pregnant should not handle crushed or broken tablets. Finasteride can be absorbed through the skin and cause congenital disabilities in male babies.” 

According to the National Medical Library, Propecia’s side effects are breast enlargement and tenderness, skin rash, and swelling of lips. Likewise, abdominal pain, back pain, decreased interest in sex, reduced amount of semen, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, impotence, and long-term sexual problems risk (inability to have or keep an erection). Propecia may skew PSA; blood test results used to screen for prostate cancer, a new study found and published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology.

In a test study by Northwestern University, of more than 11,000 men who took these hair loss medications between 1992 and 2013, only 1.4 percent suffered long-term erectile dysfunction. But it lasted more than 3 ½ years after they stopped taking the pills. And 4.5 percent developed shorter-term erectile dysfunction. The younger the men, the bigger the risk.

Hair Loss Treatment Solutions Laser Hair Therapy Results Dallas, DFW, Texas
MEp90 laser hair growth therapy Dallas, Texas
Call: 972-490-7766
Real Clients. Real Results.

Losing Hair from medications

Medication side effects & hair falling out

Prescription drugs, chemo, and radiation therapy cause hair to fall out. Medications, such as blood pressure drugs, intake of blood-thinner medicines, and Beta-Blockers for depression can be why hair falls out. Also, Naproxen Sodium (Nuprin) and others may initiate temporary hair shedding. Likewise, excessive iron or vitamin A intake is toxic and can cause hair loss.

Sources:

Call 972-490-7766

Let's Get Hair

Discover easy ways to get your beautiful hair back and tips to optimize your hairstyle. To schedule your private no-obligation and “no pressure” consultation, use the CONTACT form with any questions or concerns.

By Appointment Only.