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Personal stories about treating hair loss with medication

These stories are based on information gathered from health professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health decisions.

Johan, age 28: My father and grandfather are both bald. I decided to use Rogaine to see if it would slow down my hair loss. I don't want to look like my dad just yet!

Bob, age 44: My hair began to thin when I was 28 years old. Now I am 44 and the top of my head is bald. Recently, I considered using medication to treat my hair loss and see if any hair would regrow. After reading the literature and talking to my doctor, I decided not to take medication because it is unlikely to make a huge difference in my hair-and I don't want to take medication forever!

Marc, age 32: My hair is very important to me and my appearance. I noticed that my hair was starting to thin. And because baldness runs in our family, I decided to take an aggressive approach to reduce my chances for more hair loss. I am willing to take a pill every day, and to pay for it.

Stella, age 38: I have noticed some thinning throughout my scalp. Although this is disturbing to me, I have decided not to take medication for the hair loss. It seems that medication works best for young males, and I am just not willing to spend the time or money on medication that is not likely to help me.

Author Maria G. Essig, MS, ELS
Editor Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Associate Editor Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
Last Updated June 17, 2008

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 17, 2008
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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