Treatments

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator medication which also slows or stops hair loss and promotes hair regrowth. Now off-patent, it is available over-the-counter for the treatment of androgenic alopecia. Minoxidil must be used indefinitely for continued support of existing hair follicles and the maintenance of any experienced hair regrowth. Widely available in generic versions and   …Continue Reading

Chemotherapy Hair Loss in Cancer Patients

Chemotherapy is a medical procedure that involves employment of powerful drugs to destroy cancer cells. This procedure regrettably, not only kills cancer cells but also many other normal cells, especially, in the digestive system, bone marrow and hair follicles leading to evident inevitable side effects like reduction in blood count and hair loss. Chemotherapy hair   …Continue Reading

Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

There are many causes of hair loss and everyone’s hair loss is different. However, ingredients like tea tree oil can help fight the issue directly from the roots.  Applying tea tree oil to the hair and scalp can have an effective result for various types of hair loss including hereditary, external and medical causes. This particular type   …Continue Reading

Ketoconazole (RegenePure)

Available as a topical treatment by prescription, ketoconazole is currently used to treat fungal infections. It curbs the production of testosterone and other androgens by the adrenal gland and reproductive organs (in women, the ovaries). These anti-androgenic effects can be used to help treat hair loss. A 1% version is now available over-the-counter in shampoos   …Continue Reading

Spironolactone (Aldactone)

Spironolactone, brand name Aldactone, is in a class of drugs called potassium-sparing diuretics (often called water pills). Spironolactone is typically used to reduce fluid in your body without causing the loss of potassium. It is also used to treat potassium deficiency, high blood pressure (hypertension), swelling (edema), and a hormonal disorder called hyperaldosteronism. Spironolactone acts   …Continue Reading

Cimeitidine (Tagamet)

Cimetidine, brand name Tagamet, belongs to a class of histamine blockers used mainly to treat gastrointestinal ulcers. The histamine-blocking action prevents the stomach from producing excess acid, allowing the body to heal the ulcer. Cimetidine also has a fairly powerful anti-androgenic effect and has been shown to block dihydrotestosterone from binding the follicle receptor sites.   …Continue Reading

Cyproterone Acetate (Androcur)

Cyproterone acetate is used to reduce excessive sex drive in men and to treat pronounced sexual aggression. It is also prescribed for severe hirsutism in woman of childbearing age and for androgenetic alopecia in women. Cyproterone acetate exerts its effects by blocking the binding of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to its receptors. Cyproterone acetate is not available   …Continue Reading

Cyproterone Acetate + Ethinyloestradiol (Diane 35)

Sold under the brand names Diane 35 and Diane 50, these contraceptive tablets are prescribed in Europe for women’s androgenetic alopecia. Currently, both versions of this contraceptive are not available in the U.S. The drug is a combination of cyproterone and estradiol, an estrogen. Both Diane 35 and Diane 50 contain 2 mg of cyproterone.   …Continue Reading

Oral Contraceptives

Since birth control pills decrease the production of ovarian androgens, they can be used to treat women’s androgenetic alopecia. Keep in mind, however, that the same cautions must be followed whether a woman takes contraceptive pills solely to prevent contraception or to treat female pattern baldness. For example, smokers age 35 and older who take   …Continue Reading

Finasteride (Propecia/Proscar)

The drug finasteride inhibits the enzyme 5-alpha reductase in the hair follicle, thereby inhibiting the production of follicle-harming dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT shrinks hair follicles and makes it difficult for healthy hair to survive. Finasteride was first marketed under the brand name Proscar to treat the prostate gland. It was available in 5 mg pills. In   …Continue Reading