hair loss can slow thinning of hair and increase
coverage of the scalp by growing new hair and enlarging existing hairs. But
they need to be taken regularly. If you stop the medicine, hair loss returns. Do not expect to regrow a full head of hair. Hair coverage
is improved on the top of the head, but not on the forehead area.
Hair Loss: Should I Take Medicine to Regrow Hair?
Medicines often used to treat inherited hair loss include:
Minoxidil. Minoxidil (Rogaine) is
available without a prescription and is sprayed on and/or rubbed into the scalp
twice a day.
Finasteride. Finasteride (Propecia) is available by
prescription and is taken once daily in pill form.
Corticosteroids injected into the scalp. The corticosteroid is
injected many times about
1 cm (0.4 in.) apart every 4 to
6 weeks. This is the most common treatment in adults and is best used for
treating patchy hair loss.
Corticosteroid ointments or creams you put on the
scalp. Corticosteroids may be used along with
injected steroids or with other medicines such as minoxidil
Corticosteroids you take by mouth (oral). Although this
does result in hair growth, it is rarely used because of the side effects of
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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