Medical Treatments for Hair Loss – Finasteride

Filed under: Health and Fitness Tips — Tags: , — Glenn @ 7:03 pm August 4, 2013

Common male pattern baldness, hair loss in men, or androgenetic alopecia – no matter what you call it, the end result is the same, and that is, permanently losing one’s hair and getting bald.  This particular genetic condition actually accounts for over 95% of hair loss in men.  By the age of 35, about two-thirds of these men will encounter a certain degree of evident hair loss, and by the age of 50, about 80% of these men will obviously have thinning hair.  Shockingly, about 25% of males who suffer with male-pattern hair loss will start this embarrassing dilemma even before they reach the age of 21!

Even if there have been surveys done that baldness is not an issue when it comes to love, women and relationships with family, friends, relatives and strangers, MOST men who suffer from male-pattern hair loss really do feel extremely unhappy with their circumstance, and no matter, they are determined to do anything that could help treat it.  For those who are suffering from this particular problem, hair loss apparently affects every aspect of their lives.  It affects them professionally at work, and it affects them at an interpersonal level with other people.  In several cases, men who experience hair loss at some degree opt to change their careers all because of their hair loss!

While it is surely tempting to research on the Internet about products and methods on how to help you solve male-pattern hair loss, it is wise that you refrain from browsing through commercial websites.  This is because there are hundreds of books, products, and services being sold online to lure a vulnerable consumer suffering from hair loss, and if you are one of them, you may just fall prey to their marketing schemes, spend your hard-earned money, but fail to see desired results.  If you are on the hunt for a proven medical treatment for hair loss, then all you have to do is research for possible causes of your hair loss, visit your doctor, and ask for medications that are proven to help with it – minoxidil and finasteride.

Medications for Hair Loss

Medications serve a crucial role in both the prevention and the treatment of male-pattern hair loss in men.  They are considered to be extremely helpful in the early phases of the balding process.  There are actually two US FDA (Food and Drug Administration)-approved medications intended for treating pattern baldness (also called androgenetic alopecia).  The first one is a topical medication known as minoxidil (Rogaine), and the second one is an oral medication known as finasteride 1 mg (Propecia).

Due to the mere fact that general medical therapies aim to thicken the hair in certain spots that are obviously thinning out, rather than grow the hair after it has been lost, medications are ideally begun as soon as male-pattern hair loss or hair loss of genetic origin has been diagnosed.  Finasteride 1 mg is apparently reported to be more effective than minoxidil when it comes to the treatment of male-pattern hair loss; however, it seems that they work absolutely great whenever they are used together throughout the course of treatment.

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