Medicinal Hair Loss Treatments Today

Medicinal hair loss treatments happen to be the only clinically proven options to effectively treat hair loss. Despite this fact they are often being avoided by hair loss patients in their fear that these substances are causing negative side effects. As a result many hair loss sufferers will rather use some freely available though unproven alternative treatment than visit their doctor and have some medical treatment prescribed.

The best known medicinal treatment that is suitable for both men and women is minoxidil. Minoxidil is the name of the active substance but most people better know it as Rogaine, which was the first product that used minoxidil to treat hair loss. Minoxidil is now freely available in pharmacies around the world and in the most countries it does not require doctor’s prescription.

Finasteride (trade name Propecia) is probably the most effective hair loss treatment for men but also the one blamed for causing numerous side effects. Some stories of its negative side effects have been vastly exaggerated in order to convince the consumer to buy alternative treatments. However, the truth is that finasteride can cause sexual side effects in about 1% of the patients. Dutasteride is finasteride’s closest relative and it is currently in Phase III clinical testing for treating hair loss in men and it is also thought to cause similar negative side effects as finasteride. Both finasteride and dutasteride are prescription medicals.

What finasteride is to balding men, spironolactone is to women suffering from hereditary hair loss. It is also an anti-androgen drug like the two previous drugs but this one can only be used by women due to its strong feminizing effects on males. Flutamide is another strong anti-androgen that is occasionally used to treat hair loss in women and should be avoided by male patients. Spironolactone and flutamide are prescription drugs.

The list of other medicinal hair loss treatments that can be prescribed to treat hair loss includes superoxide-dismutase, copper-peptides, fluridil, aminexil, alfatradiol, etc but none of these drugs has been approved by the FDA for treating hair loss so far though some clinical proof of their efficacy exists.