What Medicines Can Help With Hair Loss?
For anyone suffering with hair loss, it is important to know that there are medicinal solutions available that are proven to be effective.
However, the problem is that the ways in which these medicines work are not totally understood. Plus, their success rates are inconsistent. If these medicines were more successful, more often, there would be far more on the market.
When discussing medicines for hair regrowth, there are two major drugs that are usually used for the more generalised forms of hair loss – Minoxidil and Finasteride. If you would like to know more about how these drugs could be useful for your condition, it is recommended that you schedule a complimentary hair check session to obtain a complete picture of your hair loss.
How Do These Medicines Work?
One of the key causes of hair thinning and hair loss is the hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is produced as a by-product of the breakdown of testosterone. DHT is usually deployed around the body to stimulate growth and sexual development. It also has the added side effect of binding to hair follicles, causing them to shrink and stop producing the terminal hairs that we normally see.
Finasteride (known commonly as Propecia) targets hair loss at the same level as hormones. It slows down the rate of DHT production and reduces DHT levels, thereby giving hair follicles a fighting chance to produce healthy terminal hairs. However, Advanced Hair Studio does not advocate the use of this drug given its well-publicised side effects.
However, hair loss can also stem from poor skin health in and around the scalp. In these cases, the appropriate medication is Minoxidil. Minoxidil is a vasodilator which improves blood flow around the scalp, thereby providing damaged and unhealthy hair follicles the nutrients and oxygen they need to regenerate.
In rarer cases, such as Scalp Folliculitis, a disease where foreign pathogens infect hair follicles, doctors may prescribe anything from anti-fungal creams, corticosteroids to treat inflammation, antibiotics or even topical antiseptics.
Are There Risks To Medication?
Medications always come with risks and will require expert diagnosis by a medical professional to evaluate whether they are appropriate for you.
Furthermore, with reference to the previously mentioned two medicines, it is necessary to continually take them in order to see any benefit (over the course of months), which can put you at a greater risk of the following side effects:
- Mental fogginess
- Anxiety and sadness
- Muscle tenderness
- Nausea and dizziness
- Rapid changes in weight
- Skin dryness and rashes
- Sexual dysfunction (note that Minoxidil does not affect your sexual libido).
Medicinal solutions can make a serious difference when trying to combat hair loss, but their potential side effects should be carefully considered. In the case of infections or illnesses, medicines prescribed by a doctor are a wholly suitable option.
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