What you should know before buying hair loss medications


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20 Aug
20Aug

It may sound depressive, but most baldness cures just don’t cut it! Even such potent medications as Finasteride and minoxidil do not guarantee hair regrowth. Most polls and researches conducted around this topic prove that the benefits of baldness remedies are overplayed. In this article, we discuss what you should know and what expectations you should have before starting using hair loss medications!

First of all, do not expect that baldness medications will regrow your hair. Treatment with medicines may slow hair loss and even stop it completely. But hair regrowth happens only in rare cases.

When your hair follicles are dead, they do not regrow hair. And no medication can revive dead hair follicles. So, if you want the bald areas of your scalp to be full of hair again, you should think of hair transplantation. Do not expect that hair loss treatment may create new hair follicles on the bald areas. But this is not true when we speak about the areas with thin, almost dead hair. You can inspect your scalp and look for signs of hair growth. Even if you only see thin hair patches or fuzzy texture, your hair follicles are still alive and will continue to renew themselves. Only in this case, Finasteride, minoxidil, or other medications may make your thin and almost dead hair strong and healthy again.

The second point you should keep in mind is that hair loss treatment is permanent! You must keep taking the medicines, or any regrown hair will fall out. Unfortunately, while these medications treat male pattern baldness, they do not cure it. This means that you will need to continue using the medicins to maintain your results. If you stop taking them at any time, you may start to lose any hair that you have grown back since starting treatment.

The third crucial moment is that hair loss treatment is not cheap. Your insurance probably will not cover the medicines, and they can be costly. Propecia, which is a finasteride brand, usually costs about 60 to 70 US dollars per month for a 30-day supply of prescription pills. Rogaine, which is the most well-known minoxidil brand, usually costs about 30 to 40 US dollars per month for a 30-day supply of topical ointment. Because baldness treatments are considered cosmetic, they generally are not covered by medical insurance.

So you can calculate! If you take only the basic hair loss medications like finasteride and minoxidil, you will spend around twelve hundred US dollars in one year. However, if you add laser treatment, special shampoos, herbs, and vitamin supplements, the cost may rise to 3000 US dollars or more for up to one year.

Another significant moment is that hair loss medications might have side effects. For example, minoxidil may cause itching, dandruff, low blood pressure, face swelling, and heart palpitations. Of course, the side effects are not common, and some of them disappear after several days of use. However, it may be dangerous to take this medicine if you are pregnant or have certain health conditions, such as heart problems. More potent medications like dutasteride and finasteride may cause impotence and problems with libido. Even though only 1-2% of consumers suffer from these side effects, we can not neglect this fact. 

And the last vital aspect of hair loss treatment is the psychological moment. The evidence confirms that the experience of hair loss is psychologically damaging, causing intense emotional suffering, and often leading to personal, social, and work-related problems. People with severe hair loss are more likely to experience psychological distress than those with mild hair loss. So, you may feel that the possibility of regrowing hair and feeling better about how you look is more important than the limitations of hair loss treatment.

By and large, there are only three ways to treat your baldness - surgery, treatment, and coping with it. As you see, hair loss treatment is not the easiest way to go. It has a list of cons, and it is our duty to inform you about them. So you should consider all the options before starting the treatment.