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Concerned About Hair Loss?

Concerned About Hair Loss?Have you noticed an increasing number of hairs in your sink or hairbrush? Are you beginning to see more of your scalp when you look in the mirror? If so, you are not alone! Millions of men and women experience hair loss as they age, sometimes starting as early as their 20s or 30s. Depending on the reason for your hair loss, you may be able to reverse it or at least slow it down.

First, let's recognize that some hair loss is normal. Hair experts estimate that a loss of approximately 50 to 150 strands of hair per day represents normal shedding for the human hair growth cycle. So, some hair in the sink or shower is nothing to be alarmed about. Sudden hair loss, or thinning hair over your entire head (and possibly other parts of your body), or clumps of hair falling out are considered unusual, and should be discussed with your healthcare practitioner. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, he or she may recommend seeing a dermatologist or a hair specialist, known as a trichologist.

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Propecia: Wonder Drug? Or Dangerous Trade-off?
Written by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP- Women's International Pharmacy

Propecia: Wonder Drug? Or Dangerous Trade-off?

As I watched a commercial for a hair transplant clinic, one of the men said "80% of men's emotional health is dependent upon having a full head of hair."It is also often quoted from the Bible that a woman's "crowning glory" is her hair. It is very apparent that society places a lot of importance on hair. For men, it's as if the ability to grow hair is intimately tied to his abilities, success and manliness.

The FDA has approved two drugs for hair loss. The first is Rogaine® (minoxidil), which appears to work by increasing circulation to the scalp and can be used by men and women. It is available without a prescription. The second is Propecia® (finasteride), which, at a 1 mg dose, is a smaller dose of a drug called Proscar®, which is used to treat an enlarged prostate at 5 mg doses. This drug is only approved for men; it is not approved or recommended for women, and doesn't appear to work on women.

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Can Melatonin Help With Hair Loss?
Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy
Pharmacist Corner

Women and men alike often express frustration with their attempts to slow down the effects of aging on their hair, particularly with regards to hair loss. A recent review article on hair loss examined the results of 5 studies conducted between January 2003 and October 2006. The studies used a topical hair solution formulated in Switzerland that contained 0.0033% melatonin. This product also included ginkgo biloba and biotin, which provide hair roots with beneficial nutritional support.

These 5 studies yielded positive results for both men and women with early androgenetic alopecia or general hair loss. The melatonin solution was found to be safe and effective, decreasing hair loss while fostering new hair growth, in a significant number of study participants.

An earlier pilot study also found a 0.1% melatonin-alcohol solution to be effective. The theory is that, because hair follicles have melatonin receptors, melatonin may counteract androgenic hormoneinduced hair loss.

References:

"Topical melatonin for treatment of androgenetic alopecia" by TW Fischer, RM Trueb, et al; International Journal of Trichology; 2012 Oct-Dec; 4(4): 236-245. 
 
"Melatonin increases anagen hair rate in women with androgenetic alopecia or diffuse alopecia: results of a pilot randomized controlled trial" by TW Fischer, G Burmeister, et al; Br J Dermatol; 2004 Feb; 150(2): 341-345.
 


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Staff at Women's International Pharmacy

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In This Issue
Concerned About Hair Loss?
Propecia: Wonder Drug? Or Dangerous Trade-off?
Can Melatonin Help With Hair Loss?

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