It is not entirely clear as to how minoxidil works, and its effectiveness in treating hair loss may even be debatable. If used regularly, twice a day, and massaged thoroughly into the scalp, you may recover from hair loss. Minoxidil also encourages new hair growth; however, how much is still a question up till today.
Minoxidil is more effective when you use it during the process of balding or at the start. It is not a drug suitable for people who are already bald.
Another drug called Propecia is approved in treating hair loss. However, it is only designed for men. This is because the drug, available in pill form, interrupts the male sex hormone, testosterone from producing DHT. DHT is a byproduct of testosterone which shortens the growth phase of the hair follicles and increases the rest stage.
Propecia can cause side effects like loss of libido due to its effect on testosterone but the effects are usually temporary.
Testosterone therapy is a popular among aging men. However, this may increase hair loss. Some may consider taking Propecia during testosterone therapy but the drug actually prevents the breakdown of testosterone and may alter the effectiveness of testosterone therapy.
Many men may use minoxidil and Propecia to benefit from both drugs and for maximum effect. Both drugs can also be taken with hair replacement surgery. However, it is important to resume treatment on a regular basis. If you cannot take both drugs every day with the required dosage, it is better if you don’t take the drugs at all because hair loss will occur again if you stop treatment.
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