What are the possible side effects of using hair loss medications such as Propecia and Minoxidil?

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There are currently many hair care products that are used to help improve thinning hair. among these products the most commonly used are Propecia and Minoxidil. These two products are FDA approved and have been scientifically proven to help slow down progression of hair loss in Male Pattern Hair Loss. Both of these medications are more effective in the crown area, but clinical trials show some improvements in the frontal and temple area if both are used together. However, just like any other medical treatments, there are some side effects that are commonly associated with using these products.

When one starts to use these products, the hair loss slows down. If for any reason one stops using the products the hair that was saved with the use of these medications would be lost until the point where the individual would have been without treatment. However, the rate of shedding is different from one individual to another. In some cases it is very fast, whereas in others it may take several months after stopping the medications. In general missing a few days of treatment, while not recommended, is generally safe and not harmful.

There are some side effects that are associated with these medications. these side effects are not harmful when used as directed by the manufacturer and under supervision of a doctor. You should follow all the package instructions and find out the side effects before using them. Propecia could be harmful to a developing male fetus in a pregnant women if the drug entered her body by ingesting the medication. The amounts of the drug in a male's semen have been studied and found to be insignificant. The man can choose to stop treatment during conception efforts, but it is not necessary. Minoxidil may cause palpitation, irritation of the skin, and dizziness. In either case the side effects should be fully reviewed and a consultation should be done with a physician before using the medications.

Finding the right hair loss medication is only one factor of proper hair care. If one suffers from genetic hair loss, hair care products can be used to slow down the progression and scalp but a more comprehensive medical hair loss regiment should be discussed with hair loss specialist.

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Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon