Medicinal Pills For Hair Loss
Propecia is the only FDA approved oral drug for treating male pattern baldness. Clinical evidence shows that it is the most powerful treatment currently available for treating hair loss in men. The sole active ingredient of Propecia is called finasteride and it works by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into follicle-harming DHT. Propecia is also available in generic form, containing the same main active ingredient and having the same efficacy as the branded product. Finasteride can only be used by adult men.
Dutasteride is a substance similar to Propecia's finasteride but considered to be a more powerful DHT blocker than finasteride as it inhibits both types of 5-alpha reductase. It showed improved results versus finasteride, especially in the frontal area of the scalp, and it can be used successfully by patients who no longer respond to finasteride. It has recently completed Phase III clinical trials as a hair loss treatment for male patients and results are pending. Dutasteride can only be used by adult men.
Spironolactone possesses anti-androgenic properties, as it binds to the androgen receptor in the hair follicle and thus prevents it from interacting with DHT. It is used to treat acne, excess body hair and hair loss in women. Spironolactone is thought to be the most powerful treatment for female hair loss, like finasteride is for men. Male patients should exercise caution when using this product and should only use topical applications. Oral spironolactone can only be used by adult women.