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Minoxidil and hair loss

Most commonly known as Rogaine in the market, Minoxidil has been approved by FDA since 1988 as prescription drug to cure the increasing problem for hair loss. Luckily, by 1996 and as of the moment, it can be bought over the counter which caused an increase in popularity of the hair loss treatment.

It started out as a vasodilator or a cure for those people who are suffering with high blood pressure. First known as Loniten, the drug works as it relaxes the veins and arteries to make it easier to pump blood from your heart and make blood easier to flow.

Minoxidil made two versions of hair loss remedies. The first one is the 2% which can be used by both gender but the stronger version which is the 5% is meant especially for men. Test had shown that some women who used the stronger version went through facial hair growth.

On the other hand, you have other options whether to buy the drugs or the tropical solutions. Remember that if you’ll be using the drug you must not stop taking it in any time specified in the instruction. It might cause you serious health issues which will be elaborated along the article. Keep in mind that the solution must be massaged carefully only to the affected hair loss areas.

Mode of action
Since the 5% solution is made especially for men and could cause undesirable growth of facial hair pfor women, it is still important to know what you need to do to get a fuller result with the shaving foam like solution.

It can easily be applied in the scalp but you must wash your hands with cold water since the solution easily melts when it reached the skin temperature. Also, analysis showed that it works best on the crown and mid-scalp area of your head. But remember to read the back label that informs you: “Individual results vary”.

Side effects
Like Finasteride, the other approved hair loss remedies, Minoxidil has its own side effects to consider. Since it is really made to cure high blood, it is highly advised not to stop immediately. Stopping the intake of Minoxidil could dangerously cause a higher blood pressure, anxiousness, and uncomfortable feeling.

Like alcohol, you should not drive or use heavy machinery while under the medication of Minoxidil, because the treatment causes a severe head ache and dizziness. Those reactions can be accompanied with irregular heartbeats, chest pains, and weight gain.

Efficiency meter
User of Minoxidil is advised to check with their doctor first before trying it. It would be best if you’ll be patient because it will take some time before the result will be observed. Some even experience continuous hair loss that is why the label talks to you that results may vary depending on the user.
The relaxation of the blood vessel caused by the medication is clinically approved to increase the supply of blood in the follicles causing the growth of hair.

Minoxidil is different to other vasodilator available in the market since it is the only one that can cure hair loss and at the same time cure high blood.

Hair Loss: is Finasteride the solution?

If women consider their hair as their crowning glory, men over the age of 18 also consider their hair in the same way. Male and even female are suffering from hair loss or in medical terms Alopecia and your parents cannot prevent you from incurring one because it runs in your families’ blood.

Over 35 to 40 million male in the US are suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA men) or hair loss experienced by men. You might be the “unlucky ones” to inherit the hair loss genes but do not lose any hope, many hair loss remedies have been introduced in the market to cure and prevent baldness.

Finasteride, registered by FDA in a brand name Propecia, is one of those hair loss treatments available for you to use, however, before engaging yourself in any medications or treatment like you always hear: consult your doctor first. To give you a few background of how it is done and the known side effects, read through the article.

Mode of action
Baldness seems to be one of the numerous problems of men than women since they are more prone to inherit the hair loss genes. Dihydrotestosterone or DHT for short is known to be the reason why men and women are experiencing hair. Finasteride treatment has a mixture that blocks the DHT in your body or prevents testosterone to change into DHT. The treatment creates more hair growth and lower down hair loss.

You do not need to wait for your hair to fall down. Using the hair loss remedies will prevent the collection and build up of DHT and prevent future hair loss.

You are not only preventing or curing your hair loss but prostate cancer as well as. Its first purpose is to treat the enlargement of the prostate. And since experts saw the major effect of Finasteride to cure hair loss; they invented a solution for both problems.

Side Effects
Although side effects for this hair loss treatment have been reported mildly since it only have minor negative results, it is still important that you know what you’ll be experiencing while taking the remedy.

Only 2% of men suffered major problems like allergic reactions such as swelling of the tongue, lips, hives, and the whole face. Closing of the throat is often noticeable too so in case you have experienced the following, stop taking the treatment.

The more serious side effects would be that of your sexual life such as a low sex drive or libido, fewer amounts of ejaculation, and impotence which is a problem in having an erection or erectile dysfunction (ED). Some are suffering from Gynecomastia which is the enlargement of the breast and making it tender. (more like for the women don’t you think?)

Unfortunately, women should not take this kind of treatment since it is only intended for males suffering from hair loss. But there are other remedies offered for women.
It is also not advisable for people suffering or treating their liver disease to apply the treatment since it will only worsen the condition. But there are some who could use it in a lower dosage. So seek your doctor for consultation first.

Dutasteride: better remedy or worse?

Hair loss surely doesn’t choose who its victim be. However, men are more prone to baldness compared to women because of genetic reasons. As of the presen,t over 35 to 40 million American men are suffering from hair loss or Alopecia. Many hair loss remedies are being introduced in the market to solve the increasing problem of baldness.

As of the present, FDA has only approved two prescription drugs for hair loss which are the Minoxidil and Finasteride. Dutasteride, on the other hand, is still making its name as one of the hair loss remedies available in the market. The product is called Avodart which is at first known to cure prostate cancer but then found to treat the problems in hair loss.

However, since it is still under observation of FDA to be approved, it is significant to know the strength of the medication compared to Finasteride and the negative effects before supporting the drugs.

Is it Dutasteride or Finasteride?
So Finasteride is one of the two approved medications for hair loss, however, Dutasteride also has a chance to be one of FDA’s approved hair loss treatments. Both medications are initially known to cure the enlargement of the prostate but soon showed a treatment for hair loss.

During a clinical test made between the two, Dutasteride had shown a larger decrease in DHT or Dihydrotestosterone than Finasteride. It is exciting to know that it reduces 93% of the production of DHT in the body. DHT, which is known to be the cause of hair loss in men, can be treated faster when you take Avodart as medication.

Since it is listed under drugs that cure prostate problems, the need for prostate surgery is gradually reduced and the urinary flow will be a lot easier.

Side effects may occur, however, it decreases as you continue to use the medications in the long run.

Negative effects
There are still some negative effects that you should take in consideration. Allergic reactions which is also common to Finasteride such as swelling of the whole face, throat, tongue, and lips can be experienced. Hives and difficulty in breathing is also evident to some users.

More serious problems in your sex life can occur such as Gynecomastia which is the enlargement of the breast, ED or erectile dysfunction, lowering down of semen amount, and decreased in libido.

Also, if you are taking any HIV or AIDS medicine, Antibiotics, and anti depressant you need to see your doctor first when taking Avodart because it reacts negatively to those medications.
Although it enlarges breast, women especially those who are pregnant or are suspecting to be pregnant and children should not take Avodart. For pregnant woman, it highly affects the development of the unborn baby which is very risky. And since it can easily be absorbed by the skin, it is advised to wash the affected area as soon as possible.

If you are planning to donate blood, do it at a later time. Since it easily mixed and carried in the blood, it can caused birth defects when transferred to pregnant woman.