Propecia may Reverse
Hair Loss in Women - Study Involved Ladies that Used Hair Loss Finateride Treatment For Pattern Baldness
The medication approved for hair loss in men, Finateride (Propecia or
Proscar), may also help prevent hair loss in women, when combined with
oral contraceptives. When people think about hair loss they typically
think of balding men, not women. The truth is that both men and women
lose hair and about half of all women experience pattern hair loss.
According to the report, if the hair loss is untreated it will likely
get worse. The current treatments include minoxidil, a medication
typically applied to the scalp to encourage hair regrowth. Minoxidil is
effective, but not always well accepted by patients.
Italian researchers evaluated the effectiveness of 2.5 milligrams of
finasteride taken by mouth daily and combined with an oral contraceptive
in 37 women between the ages 19 and 50 years. Since Finasteride has
been linked to birth defects, all the women were required to use birth
control pills. The contraceptives were the type that reduced male
hormone levels, because that effect may also contribute to the treatment
of hair loss.
Matilde Iorizzo, M.D., and colleagues at the University of Bologna,
Italy, evaluated the effectiveness by comparing photographs before and
after the treatments and by measuring hair density with a technique
known as computerized light videodermoscopy. After 12 months the
researchers compared the hair loss or gains.
They found that “23 (62 percent) patients were rated as improved using
comparisons of the photographs. Thirteen patients did not improve, and
one patient's condition worsened. Hair density scores increased in 12
patients. On a questionnaire, 29 patients reported that their condition
improved after 12 months, eight said that it had stabilized and none
reported that it had worsened. None of the participants had adverse
reactions to the treatment.”
The results are published in the March issue of Archives of Dermatology,
one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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