Early Stages of Hair Loss Treatment
In the early stages, hair loss can be treated using medications, once it is recognized. There are only a few approved medications to slow down hair loss, but they do have some side effects. More importantly, pretty much all of the commercial miracle solutions are useless, if not harmful, so don’t even consider them. Only after careful examination of your case, we prescribe medicines that may be effective in slowing down hair loss.
Medicines For Hair Loss
Don’t be fooled by any medicines or solutions for hair loss advertised on TV, none of them are effective, and can in fact be harmful in the long run. Any and all medications for hair loss treatment should only be prescribed by an experienced and qualified professional. Some of the medications for hair loss treatment are:
- Minoxidil (or) Rogaine: A non-prescription liquid or foam-like medicine to be applied on the scalp twice a day, to treat male pattern baldness. Side effects include allergic contact dermatitis, mild scalp irritation and increased facial hair.
- Finasteride (or) Propecia: A prescription based pill to be taken daily, recommended only for male pattern baldness. Side effects include erectile dysfunction, a decreased sex drive and ejaculatory dysfunction.
- Hormonal modulators (Antiandrogens like spironolactone or flutamide): Used for female pattern baldness associated with hyperandrogenemia.
- Corticosteroids, Immunosuppressants and Anthralin: Used to treat alopecia areata, but come with varying side effects.