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Hair Loss Prevention Medications
People suffering from some form of hair loss can benefit from a number of non-prescriptive
medications containing either Minoxidilor Finasteride. These are the only two medications
approved by the FDA as having proven to be effective in promoting hair growth by
arresting hair loss with repeated use over months to a year.
In addition, they can resort to herbal medication with a home brew of shampoos using
herbal extracts that have been used for centuries as another avenue for hair loss
prevention. Medication of lasting efficacy against hair loss does not exist. The
best out there can only slow down the thinning process and delay the onset of complete
baldness for as long as the treatments are regularly observed. Discontinue the treatment
and the hair loss resumes.
Maximizing Minoxidil’s Efficacy
The FDA has approved the substance in 2% solutions for non-prescription hair treating
hair loss. Dosage higher than that will need doctor's prescription. Currently the
most widely used brand marketed worldwide is Rogaine. Some dermatological clinics
use Minoxidil in tandem with other substance in a more holistic hair loss prevention
Minoxidil is topically applied on the thinning scalp with Betamethazone valerate
- a cortisone that prevents inflammation of the scalp as well as reduce irritation
that can happen when Minoxidil is used. In addition, the cortisone substance can
help Minoxidil in blocking DHT form being metabolized in the hair follicles where
it will instruct the follicle to stop making hair. Betamethazone valerate also disperses
white blood cells which are known to cause hair to fall out.
Minoxidil with low concentrations of Tretinoin (brand is Retin-A) has been observed
in some cases to promote more hair growth at a faster rate than if minoxidil were
taken separately. Tretinoin is a prescriptive anti-acne medication topically applied
to the skin and is also famous as a cosmetic agent to reduce facial wrinkles in both
men and women. Tretinoin may actually help the skin absorb Minoxidil faster so that
its works better.