Medications Used in Hair Loss Treatment
Hair loss is a serious problem in both men and women today. While hair loss in women is caused by hormonal reasons, vitamin B12 and iron deficiency, hair loss in men is mostly genetic. Hair loss in men is caused by a type of hair loss called androgenetic alopecia. If you have a family history of hair loss, you may also experience hair loss. Hair loss in men generally reaches its highest levels in the 20-30s and starts to decrease after the 40s.
There are many treatment methods that can be applied for hair loss treatment. Today, various methods such as herbal solutions, laser treatment, FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) approved effective drugs such as minoxidil and finasteride, hair transplantation, PRP and mesotherapy are used for hair loss treatment. Finasteride and minoxidil are among the drugs that have proven to be effective in hair loss. In this article, we will talk about Minoxidil and Finasteride, which are among the most popular drugs in hair loss treatment. So let’s get started.
Minoxidil is a proven medication for the treatment of hair loss that contains stimulants for hair growth. The medicine is sold as a liquid spray, foam or shampoo. Minoxidil is a medication that should be used regularly at least once a day. The medicine should be used absolutely regularly and should not be interrupted. Minoxidil starts to show its effect 15 days after it is started to be used. Doctors state that it should be used for at least 6 months to see the effect of the drug, to prevent hair loss and to see new hair growth.
Does Minoxidil grow new hair?
Yes, minoxidil grows new hair. However, when you use it regularly and continuously, you can see new hair growth. You can use minoxidil 2 times or 1 time a day according to your doctor’s recommendation. However, it is recommended to use it at least 1 time a day. Since minoxidil is used in liquid form, you should spray it directly on your scalp where your hair is balding or sparse and distribute it by massaging.
Minoxidil may not be suitable for everyone as it is a medicine that requires regular use. If you do not use the medicine regularly, its effect will decrease over time.
What are the side effects of Minoxidil?
Although minoxidil is an effective medicine for hair growth, its side effects can be annoying. After you start using minoxidil, you may experience dandruff, scaling, dryness and lifelessness on your scalp. You may also experience hair loss in the first weeks of minoxidil use. However, this is a normal condition during the process of the scalp getting used to the medication.
After the scalp gets used to the drug, the hair loss ends. Since minoxidil side effects cause many people to stop using the drug, minoxidil is usually prepared together with majistal cures. In other words, it is more advantageous for you to apply majistral formulations that contain minoxidil but contain substances that reduce minoxidil side effects.
One of the disadvantages of Minoxidil is that it causes intense hair loss when you stop taking it. Minoxidil is an intolerant medicine that must be applied regularly. You need to apply a certain amount of medicated spray to your hair every day. After stopping the application, intense hair loss may occur. In this respect, those suffering from hair loss should be very careful when using Minoxidil.
Finasteride (Proscar, Propecia)
Finasteride is a medicine in tablet form that is taken by mouth. Finasteride stops the release of the hormone DHT, which triggers hair loss. However, Finasteride does not stimulate new hair growth as with minoxidil, but rather stops hair loss. One of the negative aspects of Finasteride is that hair loss continues when you stop using it, as with Minoxidil. Therefore, regular use of Minoxidil and Finasteride is essential.
Finasteride is easy to use because it is an oral medicine. Finasteride, like minoxidil, requires daily use. You need to use it for at least 3 months to see the effect. Finasteride, unlike minoxidil, is available on prescription. You can take the medicine according to your doctor’s advice.
During a hair examination by your doctor, you can determine the source of your hair loss according to factors such as your hair type, gender, hormonal status, skin diseases or other health problems or stress and determine the duration and amount of medication.
Does finasteride grow new hair?
No, Finasteride does not grow new hair. Unlike Minoxidil, Finasteride has no hair growth effect. Finasteride rather eliminates the factors that cause hair loss.
Finasteride and Minoxidil can be used together according to your doctor’s recommendation. Or you can use only 1 medication. Your doctor may recommend you to use Minoxidil or Finasteride after hair transplant. While Minoxidil is recommended to be used 2-3 months after hair transplant, Finasteride can be used immediately after hair transplant as it is an oral medication.
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