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Do Pills Really Work For Hair Loss?

Short answer, yes. Long answer, even more yes! Let’s be clear, aside from surgery, of all the different non-surgical hair restoration methods out there; the supplements, the potions, the treatments and the technology, NOTHING compares to the effectiveness of prescription medication. Sorry, but any claim to the contrary is at best incomplete and at worst deliberately dishonest. Let’s look at the most important medications.


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Finasteride (Propecia) has been on the market for over 20 years and has very robust evidence for its safety and efficacy. In essence, it stops the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is the hormone responsible for hair miniaturization which leads to baldness. By significantly reducing DHT levels, the balding process is slowed down, and in many cases, even reversed. About two-thirds of men actually regrow hair thanks to this medication.


Dutasteride (Avodart) is another 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor, similar to Finasteride, that acts on multiple enzymes, and is effective for hair loss. One key difference is that Finasteride was specifically studied and marketed for the hair under the trade name Propecia.


Minoxidil is another medication well studied for hair loss. Though mainly used topically (Rogaine), it was originally an oral medication and can be used as such for several types of hair loss.


There are other prescription pills that can be employed on a case by case basis which may help as well. Though there are compelling reasons for some populations not to be on these therapies, it is strongly advised that everyone, if possible, should be on at least one of the above medications. The combination of treatments can yield even more impressive results.

Success is measured in different ways. For someone who is losing hair fast, just stabilizing the hair loss and maintaining what you have would be a win. Others can experience a range of modest to dramatic regrowth. Satisfaction depends a lot on one’s expectations! In conclusion, pills really do work and are powerful tools in the arsenal of anyone worried about hair loss.



Prime Hair Clinic offers services to help you get back on track. Our world-class surgical techniques set us apart and our honest, caring, and experienced staff can help you look and feel your best. For all hair restoration services including PRP therapy, scalp micropigmentation, surgical hair transplants as well as medical aesthetic procedures such as Botox and dermaplaning, trust Prime Hair Clinic. Contact us by phone at (403) 259-6798 or by email at [email protected]


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