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Drugs that help with hair loss and their side effects

posted Dec 8, 2015, 4:35 PM by Dr Mike Meshkin   [ updated Dec 8, 2015, 4:36 PM ]

What drugs help with hair loss and what are the side effects?



There are two FDA approved drugs that may help maintain hair and help with hair loss. These are Propecia and Minoxidil. There are no known harmful effects of either medication when used as directed by the manufacturer. You should follow all package instructions and consult with a doctor.


It is helpful to get familiar with side effects. For example one of the side effects could be rapid loss of hair with discontinuation of these medications.  The hair that was saved with the use of these medications would be lost until the point where an individual would have been without treatment. However, this process is not sudden and will take several months after stopping the medications. Missing a day or two of treatment, while not recommended, is generally not harmful.


Propecia could be harmful to a developing male fetus in a pregnant woman if the drug entered her body by ingesting the medication. The amounts of 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 and dizziness, so you need to consult your physician before using the medications and to be safe find out about the side effects before using them.



Dr. Mike Meshkin, a hair transplant specialist based in Los Angeles and Orange County offers many advises to his clients to start hair loss prevention when they notice thinning at the initial stages. It is important to keep hair healthy by eating the right food and proper vitamins for support. If hair loss is genetic, then hair transplant can be an option to restore the hair that is lost and medical treatment is used to prevent future hair loss.



To find out more about your hair loss, visit one of Dr. Meshkin's hair transplant and hair restoration clinics in Los Angeles or in Irvine locations. Dr. Meshkin will use the latest techniques to find out the cause of your hair loss and give the best hair restoration recommendations customized to your needs and concerns. You can also visit www.meshkinmedical.com to find out about the nutritional needs that may be a factor in hair loss.



If you are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning you can contact us at (949) 219-0027 to schedule for a free consultation or visit our website at www.MeshkinMedical.com

If you are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning you can contact us at (949) 219-0027 to schedule for a free consultation or visit our website at www.MeshkinMedical.com.

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