There are a host of different strategies for treating the loss of hair, each claims that it is the most effective on, but at the moment the most effective hair growth medication is Rogaine. It is approved by the Federal Drug Administration for hair loss. Minoxidil is the active ingredient that is found in Rogaine, believe it or not it was actually originally created for treating high blood pressure. Later it was discovered that one of it’s side effects was the growth of hair. It was then tested for growing hair by applying it directly to the scalp and the results were impressive.
Rogaine does have its short-comings however, first among these is that it only works for about thirty percent of the population and it works better for women than men. Although it is not a cure for baldness, it has been found to be better at postponing the loss of hair. The new hair that grows with the use of this medicine is not that thick. The exact mechanism of how it works is not yet fully understood.
Another medicine that is considered to be the most effective hair growth medication is Propecia. It too is FDA approved, and has to be taken in the form of a pill. The good thing about Propecia is that it has stood six years of clinical trials and a good track record. Also the hair that grows due to the use of this medication is strong and thick. The draw-back is that it cannot be taken by women as it has severe side effects for them.
In treating the loss of hair, one needs to remember that not all of these medicines work the same way for everyone. So, a certain amount of trial and error is involved before you settle on one that works for you. Also another thing you need to keep in mind is that if you stop using these medications, any gains in the amount of hair growth will be lost. Lastly, they are not cheap to use.