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Pharmaceutical Alternatives To Hair Loss
With millions of men and women across North America experiencing some
form of hair loss or thinning over the course of their lives, pharmaceutical
alternatives to fighting hair loss has become big business. Two of the
more popular drugs designed to prevent hair loss are Rogaine and Propecia.
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1988, Rogaine
is a safe and effective treatment plan for combating hair loss and stimulating
hair re-growth. Available without a prescription, Rogaine is a topical
liquid with an active ingredient known as minoxidil that is applied to
the top of your scalp and is not ingested internally.
How It Works
Rogaine works by revitalizing and increasing the size of shrunken
hair follicles due to a hereditary and hormonal condition known as androgenetic
alopecia (or hereditary hair loss), thereby producing longer and thicker
hairs over the course of treatment.
- One of the main pros of regular Rogaine use is that it has been
proven to actually work in many cases.
- The first hair loss treatment to be approved by the FDA, Rogaine
has been rigorously tested in over thirty hair growth scientific studies
to date involving more than 9000 men.
- Because Rogaine is available without a prescription, your treatment
plan can begin at the first sign of hair loss without a visit to the
- Noticeable results should occur after approximately 48-weeks of treatment.
- One of the main cons of Rogaine use is that it does not work
for everyone. Depending on the severity of your hair loss, results will
- Because treatment is most effective beginning with the very first
signs of hair loss, people who start their treatment at later stages
may not see the results they were hoping for.
- The most common side effects of Rogaine include irritated or
itchy scalp (occurs in about 6% of users).
- Other possible but uncommon side effects can include chest pain, rapid
heartbeat, faintness, dizziness, unwanted facial hair for women, sudden
unexplained weight gain or swelling of the extremities; discontinue
use and consult a doctor immediately if you experience any of these