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At present there are only two hair loss drugs are approved by FDA for Male Pattern Baldness (MPB). Advent of 5-alpha-reductace inhibitors such as Propecia and evolution of surgical hair restoration are some other famous and effectively popular treatments of hair loss in men. Lots of advertisement promoting and confirming to perform miracles in regrowth of hair. Do not go for them and loose your precious money.

  • Finasteride, Proscar/Propecia - Drugs like Proscar and Propecia sell under the generic name Finasteride. Developed by Merck, Finasteride used to treat enlarged prostate glands (Proscar). During its trial on men, hair growth seen as Proscar side effects. Ths lead Merck to develop this FDA approved drug for treating MPB and name it finasteride.

    On December 22, 1997 the FDA approved a 1mg dose of finasteride for the treatment of MPB or androgenic alopecia in men. World's first effective hair loss medicine which gives most positive results against MPB is Propecia.

    Propecia/Finasteride Working - Finasteride inhibit Type II 5-alpha-reductace. It is the enzyme which is responsible for the conversion of testosterone into a more potent androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT).Propecia's 1 mg dose of finasteride can effectively lower DHT levels by as much as 60% when taken daily. It is DHT that shrinks or miniaturizes the hair follicle, which eventually leads to baldness. This 60% reduction in DHT has proven to stop the progression of hair loss in 86% of men taking the drug during clinical trials. 65% of trial participants experienced what was considered a substantial increase in hair growth.

  • Minoxidil (loniten) - Previously Minoxidil was used for only to treat high blood pressure. Same as finasteride, minoxidil also has the side effects of hair growth in different place of body such as cheeks, heads back, hands back and forehead also. It is clinically proven to slow the progression of hair loss and regrow some hair. Monoxidil shows its positive effects are at best temporary and usually yield somewhat disappointing long-term results. Due to that American Hair Loss Association still recommends the drug for those who have not responded favorably to finasteride treatment.
With the technological advancement, now there are many alternative for treating baldness. One such alternative is hair transplantation. Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure and involves surgically transplanting hair follicles to bald areas. It is effective but very expensive in most countries. There are non-surgical options are also available.

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