A Bibliometric Analysis of Alternative Drug Therapy Options in the Treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia

    Aditya K. Gupta, Daniel Taylor, Shruthi Polla Ravi, Tong Wang, Milton Talukder
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    TLDR Dutasteride is the most studied alternative drug for androgenetic alopecia, but more high-quality research is needed.
    This bibliometric analysis of alternative drug therapies for androgenetic alopecia (AGA) highlights a significant increase in research, particularly on dutasteride, topical finasteride, and nontopical minoxidil. Dutasteride has the most extensive research and numerous RCTs, making it a strong candidate for standard care. Topical finasteride shows efficacy with fewer side effects but lacks a standardized formulation. Nontopical minoxidil, especially low-dose oral forms, has growing interest but insufficient RCT evidence. The study emphasizes the need for more high-quality trials to establish these therapies in clinical practice.
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