Hair Loss

study of the most effective remedies for hair loss

Research shows that approximately 90% of men will experience some form of hair loss in their lifetime.

If you’re a man and you notice more and more hair sticking to your hairbrush or coming loose in the shower, take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone.

Research shows that approximately 90% of men will experience some form of hair loss in their lifetime.

More than half of men over 50 have some degree of male pattern baldness.

Yes, male pattern baldness – the thinning or complete loss of hair at the temples and top of the scalp is so common.

What – if anything – you choose to do about it is up to you.

But for men who are considering or currently taking pharmaceutical remedies, a recent study might interest you.

Earlier this month, the medical journal JAMA Dermatology published a “meta-analysis” of 23 studies done on various drugs for male pattern baldness.

The analysis interpreted research on the relative effectiveness of three widely used male pattern baldness drugs – dutasteride, finasteride and minoxidil – when used at different doses over periods ranging from two to four months.

As New York dermatologist Dr. Anthony Rossi told CNN, “This meta-analysis is important. [because] we do not have randomized clinical trials that compare these drugs for male pattern baldness to each other.

In the studies, the drugs were used for periods of 24 weeks or 48 weeks. Here’s how they stacked up against each other:

JAMA Dermatology has published a "meta-analysis" of 23 studies done on various drugs for male pattern baldness.

The analysis found that the drug most likely to reduce male pattern baldness was a 0.5 milligram oral dose of dutasteride.

Dutasteride is approved by the FDA to treat men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). When prescribed by a physician to treat male pattern hair loss, it is considered “off label” use, meaning there is no clinically tested evidence that a drug will effective for a given condition.