To improve patient care and outcomes, leading dermatologists from the Cutis Editorial Board answered 4 questions on hair loss treatments. Here’s what we found.
Do you prescribe finasteride in men?
Almost 90% of dermatologists we surveyed prescribe finasteride in men.
Provided by Shari R. Lipner, MD, PhD (New York, New York)
Finasteride is a hormone response modifier that promotes hair growth through inhibition of type II 5‐α reductase, blocking conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, and promoting cell survival and proliferation. It is 1 of only 2 medications approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use for androgenic alopecia in men, the other being minoxidil. A recent meta-analysis of treatments for androgenic alopecia showed that finasteride 1 mg and minoxidil 5% demonstrated similar efficacy (Gupta et al). Therefore, it is not surprising that most dermatologists in this study prescribed finasteride.
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