FDA Cleared Hair Preservation Therapies
Finasteride, a generic medication better known under the brand name Propecia, is used to stimulate the growth of new hair in men to address and prevent hair loss. Finasteride works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which has been linked to both BPH and androgenic alopecia, which is more commonly known as male pattern baldness.
In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Merck & Co. approval for 1-mg finasteride tablets, marketed as Propecia, to be prescribed for hair loss. FDA trials showed that “83 percent” of men either saw an increase in hair growth, an end to hair loss or both after using finasteride for two years. Whether finasteride works on a receding hairline is unknown.
Rogaine was the first FDA-approved medication for treating hair loss and is still widely used. Also known as minoxidil in its generic form, Rogaine is a topical solution that users apply directly to their scalp. Today, it’s available without a prescription in generic formulas with concentrations of 5% for men and 2% for women.
Minoxidil improves hair quality by increasing the diameter and length of fine [miniaturized] hair as well as increasing the duration of the hair follicle growth cycle. Minoxidil should be applied to the scalp once or twice a day. It must be rubbed directly into the scalp, not placed on top of the hair, and it only works where it is applied.
Rogaine Foam is a 5% concentration of minoxidil in a glycerin and alcohol base. The foam version is a convenient way to apply minoxidil to the scalp without the stickiness and sometimes irritation of the usual propylene glycol formula. Rogaine Foam feels more like a shaving foam when sprayed from the can, but it quickly “melts” at skin temperature, without any dripping, running or sticky residue, though some patients find it can be harder to apply exactly where needed.
Using minoxidil and finasteride simultaneously may have synergist benefits because the two compounds treat hair loss in different ways.
How Often Should Rogaine (Minoxidil) Be Applied?
Once-a-day topical use of Rogaine (topical minoxidil 2% and 5%) appears to be almost as effective as using it twice a day because its half-life varies according to usage. When taken orally, it has a fairly short half-life – only several hours – whereas topical applications have a half-life of 22 hours on the scalp. However, Johnson & Johnson, the company that now makes Rogaine, specifically states that it is less effective if only used topically once a day.
The benefits of minoxidil fade within three months if use is discontinued, and the prior hair loss pattern returns. If minoxidil is resumed at a later date, lost hair is generally not regained so regular use instead of stops and starts are best.
CapillusRX™ Laser Cap
Studies have shown that low-level light laser (LLLT) can be a safe, tolerable, non-invasive method for stimulating circulation and encouraging hair growth. The CapillusRX™ Laser Cap is designed for easy, comfortable home use and has an industry-leading 312 diodes, giving the flex-fitting cap the most coverage and number of lasers for a laser cap device.
Designed with the look and feel of a baseball cap to make it the most comfortable laser cap on the market, CapillusRX™ is FDA cleared for home use to treat androgenetic alopecia (also known as male or female pattern hair loss). The cap’s style and form adapt to various head sizes and shapes.
Six Minutes Per Day is All You Need
Even better, the CapillusRX™ only requires six minutes of use a day. Other models have to be worn 30 minutes a day. This makes it even easier for users to comply with instructions and achieve results.
Carlos Pina, founder, and CEO of Capillus, LLC said, “Our device has 312 diodes, all fitted snugly into a new and comfortable hypoallergenic base. Not only are we offering physicians a powerful laser cap, it’s also what we feel is the most comfortable.”
CapillusRX™ is available exclusively through the Capillus physician network. It is not sold in stores.
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