Treatment of male pattern baldness

Licenced treatments

  • Minoxidil – 2% or 5% (5% is more effective). Takes approximately 6/12. 30 – 40% of patients with crown pattern baldness will experience some improvement. Available OTC.
  • Finasteride 1 mg od – 3 – 6 months. Can cause decreased libido/erectile dysfunction. Private prescription.

Effects last only as long as treatment lasts.

Unlicenced treatments

For use in females:

  • Spironolactone
  • Flutamide (can cause liver damage)
  • Cimetidine
  • Cyproterone
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