Pharmacologic management of pattern hair loss

    Robert B. Haber
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    TLDR Treat pattern hair loss with finasteride and topical minoxidil.
    This document from 19 years ago discusses the pharmacologic management of pattern hair loss, specifically male and female pattern hair loss. The article explains that pattern hair loss is caused by the actions of androgens on susceptible hair follicles and is often inherited. The article provides information on the prevalence of pattern hair loss in both men and women and emphasizes the need for unique approaches to diagnosis and management. The document explores the role of androgens in hair loss and the use of antiandrogens, such as finasteride, to treat it. The document also discusses the use of topical minoxidil as a treatment option. Studies are cited to support the efficacy and safety of these treatments.
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