Treatment and Drugs

Treatments and drugs

Depending on your type of hair loss, treatments are available. Your doctor may prescribe a different medicine if a medicine is still causing hair loss. Recognizing and treating an infection will help you preventing hair loss.

Medicines may help in slowing down or prevent the development of common baldness. There are also Non-surgical treatments which include lotions and tablets. You need to be careful while taking this medicine they have to be used continuously in order to maintain regrowth. In case the treatment is stopped you may experience starting of hair loss again.



Following proper medication you can prevent the development of common baldness. There are few medically prescribed drugs which are mainly targeted for treating hair loss.

Medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hair loss include:

  • Minoxidil (brand name: Rogaine): It is available without a prescription. It is applied to the scalp. Both men and women can use it. Minoxidil is available in a 2 percent solution and in a 5 percent solution. It may include Side effects such as scalp irritation and occasionally unwanted hair growth on the adjacent skin of the forehead or face.


  • Finasteride (Propecia). This is available with a prescription. It comes in pills mainly prescriped only for men. The estimated time may take up to 6 months to know whether the medicine is functioning properly or not. Finasteride should be avoided by women of childbearing age.

In case of inadequate treatment available for your type of hair loss, you may go for the surgical procedures which include trying different hairstyles or wigs, hair pieces, hair weaves or artificial hair replacement

  • Scalp reduction: This procedure surgically removes some of the bald skin on your head. After hairless scalp is removed, the space is closed with hair-covered scalp. Doctors can also fold hair-bearing skin over an area of bald skin in a scalp reduction technique called a flap.

Hair transplants: This type of transplants helps in removing tiny plugs of skin, containing a few hairs from back side or sides of your scalp. This needs many sittings as hereditary hair loss progress with time.