Hair is an important part of the body that indicates a person’s gender, health, age, race, religion and social status. It plays an important role in their personal identity and is a symbol of youth and vitality. Hair loss is one of the biggest cause of concern among youngsters. So people spend a lot to prevent hair loss and improve hair growth.
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Rare side effects of finasteride include diminished sex drive and sexual function and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Women who are or may be pregnant need to avoid touching crushed or broken tablets.
Women who have just had a baby frequently experience abnormal hair loss that for the most part occurs short-term. They may lose their hair by shedding more often or in different patches on the head. This can be attributed to the fact that during pregnancy there is a rise in hormones that prevents hair loss. Many women actually experience fuller, stronger hair while pregnant due to pre-natal vitamins. However, post-delivery, the hormones resume back to normal, which allows the hair to fall out as part of its normal cycle. The regular hair loss that was delayed during pregnancy may then occur all at once.
What to do: There are topical creams like minoxidil (Rogaine; $45 on amazon.com) and oral medications such as finasteride (Propecia) that can halt hair loss or even cause some to grow; surgery to transplant or graft hair is also an option.
A recent study found that a supplement containing cistanche tubulosa (a desert plant used in traditional Chinese medicine) and laminaria japonica (an edible brown seaweed) promoted hair growth in people with mild to moderate hair loss. After 16 weeks of supplementation, volunteers saw a 13% increase in hair volume and a 27% increase in hair thickness. The supplement was also effective at treating scalp inflammation and dandruff.
I remember years back when I first tried minoxidil it was in liquid form, and for the first 5 days, my scalp was itching red. After that, my body got used to it and the redness went away without changing the product. But maybe that’s just me.
Certain medications may have side-effects, one of which could be hair loss. Consult a doctor to ask about conditions that you may have. Let him know if the medication causing hair loss and if that is the case, ask him to change the medication.
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On December 22, 1997 the FDA approved a 1mg dose of finasteride for the treatment of androgenic alopecia in men (male pattern baldness). Propecia is the first drug in history to effectively treat male pattern baldness in the vast majority of men who use it.