What do Doctors Prescribe for Hair Loss?

Everybody loses hair, however, if the thinning of hair or a bald patch is observed, the person might be experiencing hair loss. There are numerous treatments related to hair loss, but doctors often prescribe finasteride because it is FDA approved. Finasteride is an oral prescription recommended for men,  but sometimes doctors use this medication for women. The risk of taking the drugs for women is really high, pregnant women or women who are of childbearing age are not supposed to take or touch the drug for fear of birth defects for their unborn child/ren.


Finasteride is a medication that should be used by male adults only. The medication works by reducing the amount of a natural body hormone (DHT). By decreasing the DHT, there is an increased hair growth and slower hair loss.

This medication is often taken once daily, or as prescribed by the doctor. To maintain a booming hair growth, the drug should be taken continuously; otherwise,  a stop in the dosage might cause any hair gain to be lost within 12months.

However, for men who are above 60, finasteride might not work well for them.


There are lots of ads in the magazines and various commercials on the radio promoting either one hair loss treatment or the other, but the  truth is, most of them do not have any positive effect on hair loss. If the medication is not FDA approved, do not waste your money on its purchase.

Propecia is a brand name for the generic finasteride. Originally, in 1992 propecia was developed and approved to treat enlarged prostate glands; but during the course of trial of this drug on men, something interesting was discovered – hair growth. In 1997, a 1mg dose of  propecia was approved by FDA for the male pattern baldness treatment in men. Historically, propecia is the only drug that has effectively treated male pattern baldness in most men who use it.

Studies shows that the 60% reduction in the DHT level stops the progression of hair loss in about 86% men who takes this medication during their clinical trials and about 65% of male participants who are on trial shows a fairly large increase in hair growth.

Finasteride’s ability to subdue the 5-alpha-reductase which is the enzyme that converts testosterone into  a more powerful androgenic dihydrotestosterone (DHT), contributes to its success at hair regrowth.

In addition, about 83% of men who uses finasteride keeps their hair.  Finasteride induces a drop in the blood level of DHT. Propecia’s treatment slows hair loss and after continuous use for six months, about 30% improvement is gained on hair loss problems.

The use of propecia leads to a decrease in the DHT levels in the scalp and serum. Propecia is more effective on the vertex, nevertheless,it is also effective in every area of the scalp.

In furtherance, before you take propecia it is relevant to note some important points:  do not take propecia if you have an allergy to any of its components listed at the end of the leaflet; do not take the medication if it has expired- it wouldn’t have any positive effect; and do not take the medication if there are signs of tampering.

Finally, before you take propecia, inform your doctor – if you have an allergy to any particular food or substance or if you are taking other medications, and more importantly, let him/her know if you have a medical condition.


Finasteride tablets for hair loss are an effective way to put a stop to male pattern baldness. Over the years it has gained its reputation and is approved by the FDA. Studies shows that about 80% of men who uses this drug have their original hair follicles and about 64% men actually shows a considerable amount of hair regrowth after constant use for over two years.

There is rarely any negative side effect,  Dr. Bordone says “overall I have no less than 300 men on this medication, and in the last few years have not heard a single patient tell me he is discontinuing the medication due to side effects.”

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