If hair loss medication is recommended, there are three options that can be used based on your individual needs: Rogaine® (Minoxidil), Propecia® (Finasteride), or Dutasteride. Regardless of the specific product that is selected, it is important to understand that it will be a long-term commitment for you to enjoy the full benefits available from these treatments.
Rogaine® and Propecia® tend to be the most popular hair loss medications. There are unique benefits from each product. As a result, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for every patient. For example, Propecia® works optimally with male hormones, helping with male pattern hair loss. The effects of this medication impact the scalp in a way that can be beneficial, especially in conjunction with other hair loss treatments, such as hair transplants. In comparison, Rogaine® has a few unique benefits since certain strengths can be used for both men and women. Additionally, it can be obtained without a prescription, and it offers local treatment with minimal effect on the rest of the body.
Dutasteride isn’t as well-known as Rogaine® and Propecia®, but it is one option that should be considered when treating male pattern hair loss. This prescription was developed for other medical conditions; then, it was discovered that it had the unique side-effect of the treatment of certain types of hair loss in men. Now, it is being used more often as a treatment for male pattern baldness.
If you are considering hair loss medication, the most important thing you can do is talk to a hair loss expert for personal recommendations. Dr. Sharma can help you with the identification of an optimal treatment plan based on your unique needs. Some patients find that the use of a single medication isn’t sufficient, so a combined approach with multiple medications might be recommended.