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Hair Loss

Hair Loss



Male pattern hair loss (also referred to androgenetic alopecia) affects all men at some stage as they grow older. The hair progressively thins over time, starting usually at the temples and crown of the scalp (top area). If you have noticed rapid hair loss or thinning over a short space of time, or you have patches of hair loss on your scalp then you should consult your doctor first. The treatments offered below will not be suitable for you.

There are 2 treatments we offer for the treatment of hair loss, finasteride and minoxidil both of which can be used at the same time.

 

Finasteride

Finasteride (the cheaper generic equivalent of the popular known brand Propecia) is a prescription medication that helps reduce the effects of DHT (a male hormone which is involved in male pattern baldness) on hair follicles.

The tablet comes in a 1mg strength and is required to be taken daily for at least 3 months before any improvement and usually longer (6 months+) before any noticeable change is seen. In men treated with finasteride, greatest increases were seen at the 2 year mark. On stopping the medication, any beneficial effects of the medication are usually reversed after 6-8 months. Finasteride has not shown to restore hair to completely bald areas and receding frontal hairline.

Finasteride is generally well tolerated however some side effects can include:

  • Reduced libido
  • Breast tenderness
  • Low mood and depression
  • Suicidal Ideation

If you experience any side effects particularly low mood or suicidal thoughts while taking finasteride you should stop taking the medication and speak to your doctor.

For more information and full side effects please read the patient information leaflet.

 

Minoxidil (Regaine)

Minoxidil is the active drug found in Regaine. It is thought to exert its beneficial effects on hair by improving blood flow to your scalp and hair follicles. Studies have shown that around 60% of patients experienced increased scalp coverage after 48 weeks. As with any hair loss treatment, it needs to be continued for at least 6 months before assessing how well it is working.

As Regaine is applied topically to the scalp, minimal amounts of the drug are absorbed into the blood circulation. For this reason it is generally well tolerated. Side effects can include:

  • Local skin irritation
  • Hypotension (Low blood pressure)
  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness

If you experience any side effects particularly those effecting the heart (chest pain, palpitations, dizziness) you should stop using Regaine and consult your doctor. If you suffer from heart disease and are taking any medications for blood pressure, you should consult your doctor before starting any medication.

For more information and full side effects please read the patient information leaflet.

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