Prescription Hair Loss Treatments
INTRODUCING: MINOXIDIL & FINASTERIDE
Hair loss is a complex issue caused by a variety of lifestyle, medical and genetic factors. In some cases, prescription treatments for hair loss can stimulate growth. There are two FDA-approved treatments in the United States for hair loss: Minoxidil and Finasteride. Both solutions have pros and cons and aren't suitable or safe for everyone. First, consult with your doctor to see if you are a candidate for hair loss medication.
WHY CONSIDER PRESCRIPTION HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS?
Prescription treatments for hair loss can boost confidence, self-esteem and stimulate hair growth. Many women are reticent to take Minoxidil because of its association as a men's solution to hair loss. However, it's an especially effective solution for women with Female Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia). Depending on your age, hair loss condition and receptiveness to other treatment options, prescription hair loss treatments have the potential to stimulate regrowth.
Minoxidil for women's hair loss
Doctors initially prescribed Minoxidil under the brand name Rogaine, as a hair loss medication for men. Statistically, hair loss is considered a predominant issue for men. Misinformation leads to stigma and exclusion, which is unfortunate, considering that by age 40, 40% of women will deal with hair loss to some degree. In the early 90s, doctors started prescribing Minoxidil to treat women's hair loss. The solution is most effective in 2% or 5% concentration. It can take up to 6 months to see the results of hair regrowth. Only with consistent, ongoing, and indefinite application will regrowth sustain long term.
Minoxidil is a topical solution applied to the scalp daily. Unfortunately, most women stop application after a month because results aren't immediate. Many women might not see results until after six months of consistent use or may not see results at all as Minoxidil does not work for everyone. Depending on the stage of hair loss, 2% solution can treat early signs, and 5% is a stronger solution for progressive signs of Androgenetic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss). Most women using Minoxidil notice regrowth around four months of consistent application.
How to Use Minxodil for Hair Loss
Apply the solution to your dry scalp with a spray pump or dropper. For best results, apply twice daily to the areas where hair is thinning. Massage the solution into your scalp, then let your hair air dry. Keep in mind that while regrowth can occur, the texture and coarseness of the hair may be thinner or more brittle.
FINASTERIDE for women's hair loss
Known commercially as Propecia, Finasteride is an oral medication for men's hair loss. Doctors will prescribe it to women on a case-by-case basis. Finasteride is not commonly prescribed to women as it's not safe for pregnant women or women who plan to get pregnant. The science to support Finasteride is new and evolving, but many women have experienced successful regrowth from consistent use.
A 18-month study revealed that small doses of off-label Finasteride effectively prevents and ceases hair loss in premenopausal women. While Finasteride has proven to be an effective medication for hair loss, it's only suitable for pre- or post-menopausal women, or women who do not wish to conceive. While many women have experienced positive results and regrowth from regular oral administration of Finasteride, it's entirely situational.
Finasteride blocks testosterone hormones from becoming DHT, the hormone linked to women's hair loss. Because the drug is teratogenic, it can harm fetuses and cause birth defects. Most commonly, Finasteride is prescribed at 2.5 or 5 mg per day. If you aren't family planning or pregnant, Finasteride may be an effective solution to women's hair loss.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD YOU CONSIDER?
You should always consult with your doctor and health care team before introducing any new medications or prescriptions. Factors including age, medical history and health can influence whether or not you are a candidate for medicinal treatments.
At Daniel Alain, we’re here to walk every step with you as you explore medicinal treatments. In the meantime, cosmetic solutions and alternative enhancements can help you regain confidence, boost your sense of identity and love your hair again.