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Baldness Drugs: What You Need to Know

Friday, 20 Dec 2013 09:17 PM

Baldness or hair loss usually occurs due to aging. Other reasons for baldness may include diseases, side effects of medication, malnutrition, or hormonal changes. Heredity may also be responsible for causing hair loss. Baldness occurs when the hair follicles stop growing. Alopecia is the name given to this hair condition. Causes of baldness differ between men and women. Baldness can also occur in children, with hair loss being either temporary or permanent in nature.
 
Symptoms of baldness may include bald spots, thinning of hair and sudden hair loss. Sudden hair loss may result from a medical condition. Bring it to the immediate attention of your health practitioner. Hair loss can be treated using drugs that aid hair growth.
 
Propecia, also known as finasteride, propecia is a drug men use to treat hair loss. This drug is available in the form of pills. Propecia pills are taken on a daily basis for treating male-pattern baldness. It is effective for regrowth of hair and for preventing hair loss. In rare circumstances, propecia may cause side effects that may include diminished sex drive. A study has observed that some men may experience greater risk of developing prostate cancer. Women of childbearing age should avoid the consumption of this drug.
 
Rogaine, a hair loss drug is also called Minoxidil. It is available in the liquid form or as a foam. Rubbing it over the scalp twice daily is beneficial in preventing hair loss and replenishing hair. Rogaine usage leads to slow growth of hair. A drug routine may take around twelve weeks to provide positive results. The drug is available in the form of two percent and five percent solutions. It may cause occasional side effects that include scalp irritation and unwanted hair growth on the skin and face.
 
Doctors sometimes recommend spironolactone as a hair loss drug if Minoxidil proves ineffective. This drug may be helpful if baldness is caused due to an excess of androgens in men. This drug is not FDA approved for use by females. Spironolactone drug is for oral consumption. This baldness drug may cause side effects like increased levels of potassium in the blood. Pregnant women and people suffering from kidney failure should not consume this drug.

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Baldness is a hair condition caused due to aging or environmental and hereditary factors. Medicinal drugs are effective treating hair loss. As they have side effects, hair loss drugs should be used after careful consultation with your health practitioner.
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