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Finesteride in Treatment of Alopecia (Baldness)

If you are suffering from baldness or alopecia, you might have tried many treatment modalities in alternative medicines and could not get desired results, than it is high time you try modern medicine. Modern medicine can offer some remedy to baldness or alopecia. USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) has approved use of finesteride (Propecia) for treatment of alopecia or baldness in males.

Finesteride, marketed as Propecia, Proscar etc. is used for treatment of alopecia. Finesteride is a 5-alpha reductase enzyme inhibitor drug. 5-alpha reductase enzyme is responsible for conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and by blocking 5-alpha reductase enzyme finesteride blocks the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, which is more powerful androgen than testosterone. Due to lower level of powerful dihydrotestosterone, the androgenic activity in the scalp is reduced. By reducing androgenic activity in the scalp, finesteride helps in preventing hair fall and also helps in regrowing of hairs.

Studies have shown that men (approximately 2 out of 3 who takes finesteride 1 mg daily) with mild to moderate hair loss can get hairs regrow, as seen by increased hair count. Finesteride can also prevent fall of hairs. If a patient is taking finesteride for treatment of baldness (alopecia), if there is no increase in number of hairs (or regrowth of hairs) at least the hair fall can be prevented. Read more…

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