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Medicines for Hair Loss: A Comparative Study

Hello, I am Dr. Santpal Sangwan, a hair transplant surgeon at Hairfree Hairgrow Clinics, Gurugram Branch. With over a decade of experience in the field, I have seen the distress hair loss can cause. Today, I will be discussing the various medications available for hair loss treatment and provide a comparative study to help you understand their effectiveness. As one of the best hair doctors in Delhi, I aim to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Understanding Hair Loss

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, can affect anyone regardless of age, sex, hair color, and type. It can be triggered by various factors including hereditary conditions, hormonal changes, medical conditions, medications, radiation therapy, stress, and certain hairstyles. At our best hair transplant clinic in Delhi, we offer comprehensive solutions for all types of hair loss.

Medications for Hair Loss

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two drugs to treat some types of hair loss in both men and women. These include Minoxidil and Finasteride. Let’s delve deeper into these medications.


Minoxidil is an over-the-counter medication that is applied topically to the scalp. It was originally prescribed for severe high blood pressure but was found to cause excessive hair growth in its oral form in 20% of users. Minoxidil prevents further hair loss, and in some people, stimulates hair growth. It is available in a variety of over-the-counter hair loss products that are applied topically.


Finasteride is a prescription drug that is taken orally. It is used to treat androgenic alopecia and male pattern hair loss. A study showed that finasteride can be used to slow hair loss and help stimulate new hair regrowth in men. At our clinic, we offer FUE hair transplant in Delhi as a solution for male baldness


Spironolactone is a diuretic pill that’s used to treat high blood pressure, and it can also be used off label as a hair loss treatment. It is specifically used for women because it targets certain hormones. We offer female hair transplant in Delhi as a solution for female pattern hair loss.

Comparative Study

While all three medications are effective in treating hair loss, their effectiveness varies based on the individual’s condition and the type of hair loss. Minoxidil is effective in preventing further hair loss and stimulating hair growth, making it a suitable option for both men and women. Finasteride, on the other hand, is more effective in men and is used to slow hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. Spironolactone is specifically used for women as it targets certain hormones.

It’s important to note that these medications can cause side effects and their safety or effectiveness may not have had an evaluation. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any hair loss treatment.


Hair loss can be distressing, but with the right treatment, it can be managed effectively. The choice of medication should be based on the individual’s condition, type of hair loss, and the potential side effects of the medication. Always consult with a healthcare provider before starting any treatment for hair loss.

Remember, hair loss is a common condition and there’s no need to feel alone. Reach out to professionals who can guide you through your journey and help you make the best decision for your hair health.

Dr. Santpal Sangwan, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Hairfree Hairgrow Clinics, Gurugram Branch.

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