Brett King and Dr. Basically the two leading researchers in this field. Some enterprising researchers had the notion that applying minoxidil topically, directly on the head, might grow hair on balding areas.
For it’s time, now this treatment was revolutionary.
Well it did this to varying degrees relying on the extent of the hair loss. Nonetheless, Merck and Company decided to pursue the possibility of developing finasteride as the first pill to treat male pattern baldness, since finasteride was approved by the FDA to treat enlarged prostates in men. Basically, finasteride was originally developed by Merck as a drug to treat enlarged prostate glands. Throughout the trials on men with prostate problems an intriguing consequences of hair growth was observed. Finasteride is the generic name for the brand name drugs Proscar and Propecia. For the first time in the history of mankind, I know it’s now possible to stop or slow the progression of hair loss and to replace lost hair through surgery with completely natural results. Fact, in the past few years, medicine has made tremendous strides in the treatment of men’s hair loss. While living with noticeable hair loss is no longer inevitable, with the advent of ‘5 alpha reductase’ inhibitors similar to Propecia and the evolution of surgical hair restoration, for many.
With that said, quite a few hair loss treatments being marketed day are still nothing other than snake oils.
The bottom line is that plenty of advertised treatments do not work for the prevention and treatment of hair loss.
It’s critical to begin treatment with an effective product since you notice the onset of hair loss. Certainly, successful treatment of hair loss is greatly dependent on early intervention. You’ve all seen the ads in the back of men’s magazines, you’ve heard the commercials on the radio and you’ve seen the infomercials promoting miracle treatments for hair loss. Chances are you are wasting your precious time and money, if a hair loss treatment isn’t approved by the FDA or recommended by The American Hair Loss Association. Since minoxidil has no effect on the hormonal process of hair loss its positive effects are at best temporary and usually yield somewhat disappointing ‘long term’ results. Most informed experts see it as a relatively marginally effective drug in the fight against hair loss, while minoxidil is clinically proven to slow the progression of hair loss and regrow some hair. Now, a single truly effective medically proven way to arrest the hair loss process is to lower DHT levels.
American Hair Loss Association recommends finasteride as the first line of attack for all men interested in treating their male pattern baldness.
Propecia is the first drug in history to effectively treat male pattern baldness in a lot of men who use it.
On December 22, 1997 the FDA approved a 1mg dose of finasteride for the treatment of androgenic alopecia in men. Does recognize it as an effective treatment for a small percentage of its users, the AHLA does not recommend minoxidil as the first line of attack for men suffering with male pattern baldness. The American Hair Loss Association still recommends the drug for those who have not responded favorably to finasteride treatment or for those who should like to add another product to their regimen.