Advances in the treatment of male androgenetic alopecia: a brief review of finasteride studies.

    June 2001 in “PubMed
    David A. Whiting
    TLDR Finasteride is effective in growing hair and stopping hair loss in men with mild to moderate alopecia.
    The review from 2001 discussed the benefits of finasteride, a type 2 5a-reductase inhibitor, in treating male androgenetic alopecia. Clinical trials confirmed finasteride's effectiveness in males, but not in females. It was found to produce visible hair growth in up to 66% of men with mild to moderate alopecia and could stop hair loss in 91% of patients. Long-term studies showed that patients on placebo experienced significant and progressive hair loss, while those on finasteride maintained their hair growth. The drug's hair-preserving effect, along with its restorative effect, made it a strong choice for early cases of androgenetic alopecia before much hair had been lost.
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