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  1. 1Make sure that what you have is male pattern baldness. The telltale sign is thinning hair on the crown or top of the head. If it’s not male pattern baldness, you’ll want to see a dermatologist.
  2. 2Do your homework. Only two FDA-approved treatments have been shown to slow or stop hair loss in studies: finasteride (Propecia) and minoxidil (Rogaine). Finasteride is a prescription pill, while minoxidil is an over-the-counter topical treatment.
  3. 3Decide what’s right for you. Both treatments require ongoing use -- if you stop, you’ll start losing hair again. Cost may be a factor, too.
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