FDA Approved Hair Loss Treatments

Minoxidil

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. It is marketed under many trade   …Continue Reading

Rogaine Extra Strength

Rogaine Extra Strength is an FDA approved higher concentration of Minoxidil for treating hair loss. It comes in a 5% liquid solution and is available over the counter for men for around $29 per month. Rogaine Extra Strength claims to grow 45% more than the Regular Strength 2% formula.  It also starts growing hair as   …Continue Reading

Finasteride

Finasteride (brand names Proscar and Propecia by Merck, among other generic names) is a synthetic 5α-reductase inhibitor, an inhibitor of the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Finasteride is approved for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and male pattern baldness (MPB).

Propecia

Summary: Propecia is an FDA-approved drug for treating hair loss. It comes in a 1mg pill form and is available by prescription only for men, costing around $45-50 per month. Propecia grows hair in about 50% of men after one year and around 66% of men after two years of use. Overall, around 85% of   …Continue Reading

HairMax LaserComb

Summary: Laser therapy for hair loss has been an idea researched for several years with a variety of products currently available. The first laser therapy devices were large bulky devices that were sold to salons and hair loss clinics for in-store use. Now a portable, personal device for this type of therapy is available.     …Continue Reading