Alternatives to finasteride

The alopecia is one of the issues that most headaches brings men. For many, hair loss is a real trauma and that is why they do not think twice when undergoing all kinds of treatments. Although aesthetic medicine is increasingly advanced in this field, with improvements in hair grafts and all kinds of innovative methods – such as the LED helmet or hair fibers- The truth is that there are still many that can be somewhat harmful if you do not know how to use them.

Among the different types of hair loss, one of the most common would be androgenic , a type of non-scarring alopecia in which there is a special sensitivity to circulating androgens, determined genetically. It is more serious the earlier it occurs, and begins with the setback of the implantation line, at the frontal level, and then the fall progresses in the area of ​​the crown or occipital region in men.

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Two types of drugs stand out to treat it. On the one hand, the popular minoxidil, a medicine that prolongs the life of hair making it stronger and more vigorous, without mediating any type of hormonal action.

On the other hand, drugs that act by ‘dulling’ testosterone (or what is the same, inhibiting 5-alpha reductase, which transforms testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, causing hair loss), such as finasteride, which in many cases it is usually used alone or in combination with minoxidil. In reality, these are drugs designed for prostate diseases but which have been used in this type of alopecia for decades at much lower doses due to their effectiveness.

However, the male sector is quite reluctant to use finasteride, since it is said that it can produce adverse effects associated with sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction, changes in mood, testicle pain or decreased libido, limiting its life sexual. The question is, to what extent is it true? Is it scientifically verified or is it a myth? To clear up any doubts, we have consulted with Estefania Arredondo Hortigüela, Medical Advisor of the Medical Department of Olyan Farma, specialized in these types of problems.

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The expert details that what is said about finasteride is true, although she clarifies that it usually affects only 2% of the population. In view of the concern caused, he proposes other less well-known alternatives whose effects are quite similar. «Other assets such as Serenoa Repens or Saw Palmetto, which comes from saw palmetto, have been investigated for several years . Several studies confer an activity similar to finasteride in the inhibition of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, but at the same time they indicate that this activity is less potent than that of the drug, requiring more time to achieve the same results, “he explains.

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From his point of view, he proposes a food supplement that is ingested in capsules , Saw Palmetto, as well as L cystine and biotin, which strengthen and improve hair quality, as well as antioxidants such as hydroxytyrosol, vitamin E and extract of olive and grape.

«At the same time there are other topical solutions that perform an action similar to that of minoxidil, such as solutions with Melatonin. Studies have shown that these products activate the anagen phase of the hair, enhancing growth and activating the follicles that were in the catagen phase and keeping the fiber in those follicles in the telogen phase, stretching the half-life of the hair “, he adds, and points out that these Alternatives do not cause adverse reactions derived from their effect, being a safe and effective tool in the initial stages and maintenance of long-term treatments.

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