Hair Loss Medication Risks

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Choosing Hair Loss Medication

Hair Loss Medications Reward & Risk

Losing hair is common. According to the US Government, sixty percent of all men, or two out of three men, experience some form of hair loss in their life. Furthermore, the most common cause of abnormal hair fall condition is hereditary hair loss. More than 80 million suffer from this type of hair loss, says Dallas, TX specialist. An estimated 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States alone have male pattern hair loss.

FDA approved hair loss medications are posing some significant risks to users. Is the risk worth it? Several medications are used today to treat hair loss, with the approval of the Food and Drug Administration while some are shown to have some significant risks on users. 

Hair Loss Cause

Hair loss occurs when hair follicles stop producing hair growth. In reality, there is currently no medication which cures baldness. Some hair loss products can help slow down the process, but there is no cure for the most common type of hair loss called male pattern baldness. The effectiveness of medications used to treat hair loss depends on the cause of hair loss, the extent of the, and the individual response. As a result, generally, treatment is less useful for more extensive cases of hair loss.  

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Medications for Hair Loss

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Several medications are used today to treat hair loss. There are two drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are shown to have some positive effect on balding, Finasteride and Minoxidil. The 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors medical drugs Finasteride and Minoxidil are medical hair loss treatments for men most widely used.

Minoxidil (Rogaine) is over-the-counter medication. This medication is rubbed into the scalp twice daily. Side effects can include irritation of the scalp. Most noteworthy, new hair stops growing soon after use of the drug is discontinued. Also, upon terminating the use of the drug, any hair re-growth will fall out within six months.

Finasteride (Propecia)

Finasteride (Propecia). This prescription medication to treat male-pattern baldness is taken daily in pill form. Some people taking finasteride experience a slowing of hair loss, and some may show some new hair growth. Propecia is for MEN ONLY. Men with liver disease or prostate cancer should not be using this drug. Children should avoid any contact with this medication.

Propecia side effects, according to the National Medical Library: Breast enlargement and tenderness, skin rash and swelling of lips are more likely to occur with the 5-mg dose. Likewise, abdominal pain, back pain, decreased interest in sex, reduced the amount of semen, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, impotence, long-term sexual problems risk (inability to have or keep an erection). Even more, Propecia may skew PSA; blood test results used to screen for prostate cancer, a new study found and published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology.

In test study by Northwestern University, of more than 11,000 men who took the drugs between 1992 and 2013, only 1.4 percent of them suffered long-term erectile dysfunction. But it lasted more than 3 ½ years after they stopped taking the drugs. And 4.5 percent developed shorter-term erectile dysfunction. The younger the men, the bigger the risk.

“Our study shows men who take finasteride or dutasteride can get persistent erectile dysfunction, in which they will not be able to have normal erections for months or years after stopping finasteride or dutasteride,” said Dr. Steven Belknap, a dermatologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Men younger than 42 who took the drugs for seven months or longer had about five times the risk of long-term trouble getting erections than men who took the drug for less time.

Warning for Women

Furthermore, women who are or may potentially be pregnant must not use or touch Propecia. Because of the risk that active ingredient may cause a birth defect. Hence, women should avoid handling tablets that are crushed or broken, according to Merck.


Other Medications

Other medications used by doctors to treat hair loss are injections of cortisone into the scalp or ointment of anthralin usually for extensive alopecia areata conditions. According to Nu Hair in Dallas, it’s best to consult your family doctor first for medical advice about your health and your specific hair loss condition. Finding the best hair loss center takes time and effort. Nu Hair Loss Center in Dallas is a great place to start.

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