Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Pattern hair loss is a condition that causes hair loss primarily on the top and front of the scalp. This can also be seen as a receding hairline in men and thinning of the hair in females. The condition affects around half of males and is the most common cause for hair loss.

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We've asked (our favourite) doctor Dr Christian Jessen

to explain Hair Loss and the treatments available
This video is for information purposes only. If you have any specific concerns about your health, please consult your GP.

What is Finasteride?

Finasteride tablets are a medicine used to cure male pattern baldness. They can also be used to treat an enlarged prostate. How successful is it in restoring your hair? There was a study conducted by the US FDA which involved 1879 men who had mild to moderate (but not complete) hair loss. The studies provided a "significant" difference in hair growth between those who took the medicine and the control placebo group.

Approximately 2200 hairs grow on a healthy head, per square inch. Taking it allowed an average increase of 277 hairs per square inch for those who used it. While an increase of 12.5% may constitute a significant increase to some, it should be stressed that it is not a complete solution to restoring hair on moderate to severely balding heads.

These numbers could be made more accurate and informative had the FDA labeling included a figure for the average number of hairs per square inch in the study participants, but no such figure is presented. (The FDA’s statistical review, at Appendix Table 1A, however, notes for one of the three studies a baseline hair count of 856.1 hairs per square inch, and an average hair count at month 12 of 944.9, for an average increase of 88.8 hairs, or about 10%.)

What is Propecia?

Propecia tablets are simply a branded version. They are chemically the same product. You typically can always expect a monetary savings when using a generic product as opposed to the brand name. We have both for sale, so if you prefer a branded drug we can ship it to you. Whether you buy Finasteride or Propecia, you are receiving the same drug composition.

Can Propecia restore a receding hairline? There is no consensus or studies that have tracked this specific question. There is anecdotal evidence that it does help in some cases while does not in others. If you are concerned with a receding hairline, it may be better to treat your hair early to preserve your hair longer, rather than let it recede and then try to fill it in at a later date.

In general, Propecia is considered a great strategy for slowing balding, or regrowing hair, over the entire scalp -- but is generally not considered the best treatment for a receding hairline. Other solutions, such as hair implants or topical Minoxidil gel, allow for a targeted treatment on specific areas of your scalp.

Hair Loss

UK Meds asked our favorite doctor, Dr. Christian Jessen, to explain Hair Loss. Below is what he has to say.

Usually, the reason for hair loss is due to male pattern baldness, a condition which is inherited. For some people, hair loss can provide significant psychological distress, and while there is no cure, medicines are available that are proven to slow the rate of loss. Regain, the brand of minoxidil, and propecia, the brand name of finasteride.

Finasteride, when taken daily, works by lowering the levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which has a harmful effect on folicles, causing them to thin over time. By lowering DHT, finasteride has produced positive hair growth in 86% of those who take it daily.

Minoxidil works by prolonging the growth phase of hair folicles and causes thicker strands of hair to emerge. It's effective for treating both men and women. If you're suffering from hair loss and you'd like to try finasteride or minoxidil, UK Meds can provide assistance in obtaining a prescription with their online doctor's service.

- Dr. Christian Jessen

The video and article above is for information purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose a condition or prescribe a medicine. If you have any specific concerns about your health, please consult your GP or use our online doctor's service. You can follow Dr. Christian Jessen online on his Twitter account.

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