Currently there are only two hair loss drugs that are proven to have any
real degree of effectiveness. These two hair loss drugs, Propecia and Rogaine,
are also the only two drugs that are approved by the Federal Drug Administration
(FDA) for the treatment of hair loss.
How Propecia and Rogaine work.
Propecia and Rogaine work in completely different ways to slow or stop
hair loss. Propecia is a pill taken once daily, while Rogaine is a liquid
that is applied to the scalp twice daily.
Propecia works by inhibiting the production of a hormone called DHT that
is known to be a catalyst in causing hair loss. Studies have shown that
almost 80% of men using Propecia stopped or even reversed their hair loss
to some degree.
Propecia is only available by prescription. To
find a quality hair restoration physician who can provide a prescription
Learn more about Propecia,
including possible side affects.
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Rogaine works by revitalizing shrunken hair follicles, thus increasing
their size. When Rogaine is used every day, persons follicles may increase
in size, and the growing phase may become longer. This may then produce
longer, thicker hairs.
Note - Propecia and Rogaine typically only restore hair in the
frontal areas. For reasons yet unknown these drugs only generally work in
regrowing thinning hair in crown area of the scalp. Only hair transplant
surgery has been successful in restoring hair in the frontal hairline area
once it has been lost.