There are a range of medications that are known to have varying degrees of efficacy for hair loss problems, which are well known to us at the Harley Street Hair Clinic.
There are a few medications that have been proven to stop hair loss, or even reverse the balding effects of hair loss. Two main medications include Finasteride (commonly known as Propecia) and dutasteride (known as Avodart). Both of these medications have proven very effective in clinical trials for re-growing thinning hair at the top of the scalp. In Propecia, some clinical studies have shown that as many as 80% of the users saw a significant decrease in the appearance of their baldness after use of the medicine.
Both of these medicines work in the same way to battle hair loss: they inhibit the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the hormone that causes hereditary balding. This hormone can affect hair follicles that are genetically vulnerable by breaking them down and preventing hair growth in the future. By using medication to inhibit this process, patients can experience renewed hair growth. Not only does the medication halt or slow the process of hair loss, but it can even cause hair to begin to grow again.
Rogaine is one of the most commonly recognized forms of treatment for thinning hair and for hair loss, and it also originally required a prescription. However, in 1995, it became available in 2% strength Rogaine over-the-counter. Now it is even available in 5% strength over-the-counter. Rogaine (also known as Minoxidil) works as a lotion form to stop the balding process and encourage the re-growth of hair.
One thing to be aware of about using medication to treat hair loss is that, while it has been proven that these medicines are successful, they typically do not have any effect on re-growth at the front of the hairline. This area may resist the medication more than the crown of the head, and so it is often recommended that patients take the medication to halt hair loss, and then use other methods, such as a hair transplant, to replace lost hair that will not re-grow on its own.
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