Frequently Asked Questions
THINNING HAIR: CAN MEDICATIONS HELP?
Although there is no magic cure for Alopecia, the right treatment can prevent further hair loss. The most established treatments available are Finasteride, known also as the brand Propecia, and Minoxidil, known also as the brand Regaine. Both Finasteride and Minoxidil are very effective at stopping hair loss, with up to 90% of men having positive results. And, in some cases, can even lead to renewed hair growth, with more than half of men noticing improvements after 3 months while under these medications.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MEDICATION FOR HAIR LOSS?
Finasteride (Propecia) tends to show better results if the patient still has a large amount of fine thinning hairs. In face of extensive hair loss, finasteride may not be able to provide desired results. Younger candidates respond better to the treatment, despite being also effective in older individuals. Finasteride is not usually indicated for use in women.
Minoxidil (Rogaine) works best with hereditary hair loss at the vertex of the scalp in male patients or women with general thinning of hair on the top of the head. As a general rule, Minoxidil isn’t meant for a receding hairline or baldness at the front of your scalp.
The ideal candidate for Dutasteride (Avodart) is also a patient in the early stages of hair loss. It is not a drug recommended for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or with childbearing potential.
HOW LONG DOES MINOXIDIL TAKE TO WORK?
During your treatment on minoxidil, it may take more than one application for at least 2 months before the evidence of hair growth can be expected. As for dosage, minoxidil 2% solution is usually applied twice a day, or up to a 5% solution for some men. This may be slightly more effective than the 2% strength, but carries a higher risk of scalp irritation. Your doctor will customize your dosage depending on your needs.
HOW LONG SHOULD I TAKE FINASTERIDE?
Finasteride is not a permanent cure for hair loss. If you stop taking it, your hair loss will resume. Also, any new hair that has grown will likely fall out after you have stopped taking it. Keep in mind that during treatment you'll be required to take your medication daily and for as long as you wish to combat hair loss. But, take comfort in the fact that results are usually seen as early as 3 months after you start on finasteride.
CAN WOMEN TAKE MINOXIDIL?
It should be noted that Minoxidil is the only FDA-approved drug to treat female pattern baldness. And even though it is considered safe, lower doses are still recommended when treating females of all ages. In most cases, women use minoxidil 2%, while men can use the 5% formula.
DOES FINASTERIDE HAVE ADVERSE EFFECTS?
Although rare and uncommon, side effects can include reduced libido and a lower quantity of ejaculate, which happen in less than 5% of men. There have also been reports of erectile dysfunction among some patients. But the majority of evidence concludes that side effects associated with finasteride happen within the first six months of use and are reversible once you stop taking the medication.
IS MINOXIDIL BETTER THAN FINASTERIDE FOR HAIR GROWTH?
Even though finasteride is more scientifically proven to treat male pattern baldness and regrow “lost” hair, there's plenty of evidence suggesting that minoxidil is effective at promoting hair growth on the entire scalp, including the hairline, while costing significantly less.
WHICH IS THE RIGHT HAIR PRESCRIPTION FOR ME?
Both minoxidil and finasteride have been around for decades and both are widely used to treat hair loss. But they are distinct drugs designed for different purposes. While both prevent hair loss and encourage hair growth, minoxidil does it at the topical level while finasteride is a hormonal medicine that stops hair loss at its source. Ultimately, the best option for hair loss depends on your personal requirements.
ARE HAIR LOSS PRESCRIPTIONS COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Some hair loss medications prescribed by your provider may be covered if you have private insurance. But in most cases, both Propecia (Finasteride) and Rogaine (Minoxidil) are typically not covered by insurance, and cost about from $40 to $70 per month, depending on which one you take.
WHERE CAN I GET AN EVALUATION AND PRESCRIPTIONS FOR HAIR LOSS IN BROOKLYN?
At StudioMD Brooklyn we are more than happy to discuss questions or queries you may have about hair growth prescriptions or any of our treatment options. If you’re keen to treat your hair loss, our treatment plans include FUE, FUT, PRP, and LED, among others. Ultimately, only you can decide which is the right route for you and your hair. We aim to present the facts and help you make the best-informed decision.