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Apr 30

Treatments For Hair Loss Among Women

As the old adage goes, the hair is the crowning glory. For centuries, women across countries have taken great care and pride for having lustrous mane, this being one of the measures of beauty. But what if you are faced with the threat of hair loss, and yes baldness? Preposterous? Well, think again.

Yes, women are also likely victims of hair loss, like men. However, the main difference between the two is the fact that women tend to have a diffused loss of hair, so it is not as noticeable as that of men. Nevertheless, this is an all too real possibility that should be given due attention and yes, timely action. The good news is, there is a lot you can do, starting with equipping yourself with the knowledge on the different treatments for hair loss.

Minoxidil (Rogaine)
This medication was initially made available in tablet form and introduced as treatment for high blood pressure. As it turned out, it has a side effect of excessive hair growth. Hence this is now made available in topical form for direct application on affected area and prevent growth on unwanted hair in other areas of the both. The product label of minoxidil has only advised up to 2% concentration for women since higher concentrations has not been approved by the FDA.

Androgen Receptor Inhibitors
One of the popular treatments for hair loss is the androgen receptor inhibitors, which is available in three forms, the Spironolactone (Aldactone) or the water pills that is known to effective reduce fluid in the body, without the risk of potassium loss. Another form is the Cimetidine (Tagamet), a form of histamine blocker, which has also been found to be effective in blocking dihydrotestosterone from binding with the follicle receptor areas.

Lastly, there is the Cyproterone Acetate, which was initially used to effectively reduce the sex drive among both sexes and is a known medication for sexual agression. However, this type of medication is not currently available in the US since doctors consider this as the very last resort for treating baldness. This is due to the fact that it has a rather high toxicity rate as well as the threat of long term side effects.