The old drug that helps fight baldness

One of the great concerns of men is losing their hair at an age. And it is estimated that alopecia affects a 50% of the population in Spain. For this reason, science does not give up in its attempt to find a remedy for it.

Now, according to the New York Times, more and more American doctors are beginning to recommend a drug that has been in our pharmacies since the 1980s, but in a different way. Its about minoxidil –sold under the brand name Rogaine–, a well-known medicine for the treatment of hair loss that is marketed in the form of an ointment or lotion to be applied directly to the scalp.

However, doctors have concluded that this drug is much more effective if taken by mouth. orally and in very low doses. This treatment has not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as it remains relatively unknown. Despite this, specialists are prescribing it in an unauthorized way and, according to what they say, it is having good results.

The minoxidil As we have known it until now, it works through the use of enzymes present in the hair follicles. For it to take effect, it must reach the scalp, something that is normally complicated, since it is stopped by the remaining hairs. Also, for it to perform better you have to keep it in your head for at least four hours every day. Given the cumbersome process, many abandoned it without giving it time to take effect.

Hence the benefits of this new discovery. Professionals argue that when the drug is taken orally in pill form it breaks down into the active form that triggers hair growth.

The finding was made by Dr. Rodney Sinclair, a dermatologist at the University of Melbourne in Australia. In 2015 he presented his findings at a meeting in Miami and since then many colleagues have followed in his footsteps.

Although there are portals and stores that sell minoxidil pills, it is not recommended start that treatment until the approval is given by the authorities, as well as without the supervision of a professional.

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