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Hair Loss Treatments and Medication (FDA approved vs non FDA approved)

There are and always will be hair loss treatments/products/solutions in the future which are not FDA approved, yet effective for treating hair loss.

If a drug/treatment hasn´t been approved by the FDA for treating hair loss, it doesn´t mean it´s entirely ineffective but it means one or more of the following:

  • The drug/treatment comes with potentially harming side effects which haven´t been sufficiently observed yet
  • The drug/treatment hasn´t shown sufficient efficacy for hair loss based on current scientific evidence
  • The hair loss treatment haven´t accomplished a sufficient number of clinical trials required for an official launch of the treatment

FDA approved medication for treating hair loss:

  • Oral Finasteride 1mg /Propecia 1mg
  • Topical (Minoxidil 2% and 5%)
FDA approved hair loss treatments

Non – FDA approved medication for treating hair loss:

  • Oral Dutasteride 0.5mg and higher, oral Minoxidil)
  • Topical Finasteride gel, Finasteride liquid solution, topical Dutasteride, RU 58841, Minoxidil topical solution higher than 5% and oral Minoxidil)
  • Regenera Activa
  • Exosomes (still heavily researched)
  • Acell injections
non FDA approved hair loss treatments
FDA cleared hair loss treatments and medication
  • PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy
  • LLLT (low level laser therapy) and and laser helmets, laser combs
  •  Some of the stem cell injectable treatments
FDA cleared hair loss treatments

FDA = Food and drug administration

  •  takes care about the safety of a particular drug or treatment. 
  • measures the efficacy of a particular drug/treatment to treat a particular symptom or disease which it had been designed for.

The vast majority of the shampoos, topical solutions or oral supplements being offered on the market as hair stimulants/hair growth promoters are not FDA approved which means there is no scientific evidence of these treatments being effective to combat hair loss. 

FDA cleared medication/treatment for hair loss

FDA approved medication/treatment for hair loss means, that a particular medication/treatment is considered to be safe and effective to use for successful treating of hair loss.

FDA cleared medication/treatment for hair loss means, that a particular medication/treatment is considered to be safe but hasn´t been proven to be effective for treating hair loss successfully. 

If you want to find out more about the different options on hair loss treatments and anti-hair loss medication (FDA/non-FDA approved)  available on the market,  make sure you keep reading below..

Future anti-hair loss treatments in the pipelines

Future hair loss treatments in the pipelines
  • Shiseido
  • Replicel RCH – 01
  • Dr Tsuji´s Hair Cloning Project feturing (Organ Technologies, RIKEN and Kyocera)
  • Follicum FOL – 005
  • Follica
  • Breezula 
  • WAY – 316606

If you are seriously considering managing your hair loss the least expensive and most effective way, then it is suggested that you stick to the FDA approved medication e.g Finasteride (Propecia) and Minoxidil (Rogaine) – either 2% or more potent 5% solution.

If you are interested in trying out some of the non FDA approved medication or treatments, do so at your own risk. Some of the non FDA approved medication like oral Dutasteride is often prescribed off – label, but that doesn´t make it entirely safe drug. Always do your own due dilligence to be able to better asses the potential risks and benefits of any treatment or medication. 

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2 thoughts on “Best available Hair Loss Treatments and Medication

  1. Hello matt dominance I used finasteride for like a month took it twice a week and it worked amazing on me but I was allergic to finasteride. I am hoping I can try the topical finasteride, I am in the united states where do you think I can purchase mine? Thank you.

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