Hair Loss in Men: Treatment Options & Side Effects

We are back for the second instalment on Male Pattern Balding. If you missed the first video, do check it out from our Doctor’s Journal.

The alternative – Minoxidil

“The other medicine that’s often used is called Minoxidil (or Regaine), which comes in two strengths 2% and 5%.

It works in up to 65% of people, slightly less effective than Finasteride which works in up to 90% of people.

But some people prefer Regaine over Finasteride as it is foam, not tablet. So you just apply locally to the affected areas.

How to get the best results

To get the best results, take Finasteride and Minoxidil (or Regaine) to help with the hair growth at the same time.

  1. Finasteride changes the hormones in the body to try and help promote hair growth.
  2. Minoxidil increases the blood flow to help promote hair growth.

What are the side effects?

There aren’t really many side effects from using Minoxidil. Usually, they’re sort of local side effects like irritation. However, if it gets worse or causes any skin changes, you should stop using it.

For some people taking finasteride, they worry is about losing their sex drive or gets a bit of erectile dysfunction. However, that doesn’t happen in more 90% of men so it’s just something that you need to take into consideration.

In most cases, the side effect symptoms normally stop when you stop the medication.  

If you are planning to have a baby or your partner is pregnant, you should make sure that you’re not taking the medication because it can sometimes cause problems with an unborn baby.   

Where can I get the medication?

You can get the medication from a variety of sources, and one option is from a GP. However, this is currently not available on the NHS. Alternatively, you can go online which is often easier for people to get hold of the medication.

It’s just important to make sure that you’re getting it from a reputable source, as you are not going to put your health at risk. Therefore, you should make sure that the medicines are coming from a trustable platform and a follow up with the registered online GP whether the medicines work for you.

You should use a trusted company like The Doctor Service, we prescribe this medication (Finasteride & Minoxidil), but we don’t just give it to anyone. We make sure that it’s going to work for our patient before prescribing it and also, we’ll follow things up with you to make sure it is working and check how you’re doing with it. 

Thanks for watching today if you’ve got more questions about hair loss then head to our website. If you want to get in contact with us, you can do that through social media or send us a message from the website. We’ll get back to you and hopefully be able to answer any questions that you have.”

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