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FDA-Approved Hair Loss Products
Male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia is genetically rooted. You have genes
instructing the 5-Alpha-Reductase enzyme to convert testosterone into DHT in abnormal
levels to reach the hair follicle so they stop producing healthy hair. So far, there
are just two FDA-approved hair loss products that do what they promise.
2 Types of FDA-Approved Hair Loss Products
1. Products Containing Minoxidil
High blood pressure patients using prescriptive Minoxidil grew thicker hair and even
grew hair on unwanted places as a side effect. Subsequent research confirmed that
its vasodilating action enabled hair follicles to get stronger with better blood
flow and nutrients reaching the hair roots.
• Rogaine® is a non-prescriptive brand of topical lotion containing 2% Minoxidil.
It is the most accessible of hair loss treatment products.
• Loniten® is similar to Rogaine but is of prescription strength containing 5% Minoxidil
concentration. With a higher strength, this has been shown to grow hair in about
80% of balding men. Side effects in the form of palpitation has been observed when
taking higher concentrations of Minoxidil in some men.
2. Products Containing Finasteride
Finasteride is the second of the two FDA-approved hair loss products.It was earlier
used to treat prostrate enlargement by blocking DHT production that also increased
hair growth in patients using the drug. The drug has been rebranded and recertified
with the FDA for hair treatment under a different name. About 90% of balding men
taking it showed improved hair growth after a year of use.
• Propecia® is the brand of oral medication using Finasteride and can only be obtained
• Proscar® is the prescriptive brand for treating prostrate disorders. This is often
preferred since it is chargeable against health insurances. Insurance firms consider
Propecia a cosmetic drug and is not chargeable.
There are other medication that has no FDA-approved hair treatment substance but
uses other chemical compound and herbal extracts that do the same thing with similar
efficacies. Some advertise to have Saw Palmetto and other herbal extracts in them
which can be just as effective.