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Medications

Medications


Finasteride is an oral medication approved for treating male pattern baldness by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It effectively reduce the concentration of male hormone (DHT), this, in turn, can slow down hair loss and help the regrow the of some hair. This medication must be taken in a long term manner, and 90% of patients on this drug shows significant slowing down of hair loss while improvement is seen in 60% of the cases. This medicine is more effective over the crown area while its effect over the hairline is not obvious. As for the side effects, 1-2% of patients will be affected, including diminished libido, erectile dysfunction and semen reduction. Minoxidil is anther medication that can promote hair growth and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is a topical drug, mainly applied to the scalp so that hair follicles can grow healthily, a minority of patients may suffer from such side effects as redness, itching.