Currently there are only two hair loss drugs that are proven to have any real degree of effectiveness. These two hair loss drugs, Propecia and Rogaine, are also the only two drugs that are approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hair loss.
How Propecia and Rogaine work.
Propecia and Rogaine work in completely different ways to slow or stop hair loss. Propecia is a pill taken once daily, while Rogaine is a liquid that is applied to the scalp twice daily.
Propecia works by inhibiting the production of a hormone called DHT that is known to be a catalyst in causing hair loss. Studies have shown that almost 80% of men using Propecia stopped or even reversed their hair loss to some degree.
Propecia is only available by prescription. To find a quality hair restoration physician who can provide a prescription for Propecia.
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Rogaine works by revitalizing shrunken hair follicles, thus increasing their size. When Rogaine is used every day, persons follicles may increase in size, and the growing phase may become longer. This may then produce longer, thicker hairs.
Note - Propecia and Rogaine typically only restore hair in the frontal areas. For reasons yet unknown these drugs only generally work in regrowing thinning hair in crown area of the scalp. Only hair transplant surgery has been successful in restoring hair in the frontal hairline area once it has been lost.
What about all the other hair loss drugs and "cures"?
The number of hair loss products, treatments and “cures” offered on the Internet and on radio and television is amazing.
However, there are only two hair loss drugs – Propecia and Rogaine - that are FDA approved and proven to have any real degree of effectiveness
Sticking with the hair loss drugs to see results.
Loosing your hair took time. So too will regrowing your hair using Propecia or Rogaine. These drugs require patients to take the drug daily for at least three months before any obvious changes will be noticeable. Most physicians advice taking these drugs for a year before evaluating their effectiveness.
What does the FTC say?
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) spelled it out clearly when it wrote – “There is no over the counter, lotion or device that can induce new hair to grow or cause hair to become thicker.” They went on to warn hair loss sufferers from continuing to waste billions each year on useless hair loss treatments.
Those involved with our online community can testify to this and often do on our active discussion forum. However, many do report that Rogaine and Propecia can slow and even stop hair loss.