Women are in a problematic position when it comes to acquiring drug treatments for androgen tic alopecia. While many drugs may work to some extent for some women, doctors are reluctant to prescribe them, and pharmaceutical companies have little interest in testing new drugs specifically for their ability to prevent and treat female pattern baldness.
Doctors are reluctant to use systemic treatment (a pill or another form of internal treatment that affects the entire system) unless they know that hair loss is due to an excess of androgens in the system or excessive sensitivity to the normal amounts of androgens in the system. This is because these systemic treatments can reduce the body's levels of androgens. Therefore, physicians often choose topical (applied directly to the scalp).
The best treatment results occur when treatment is started as soon as possible after beginning the long hair because androgen tic alopecia may destroy many of the hair follicles. The use of anti-androgens, after a long hair can at least help prevent further hair loss and stimulate regrowth of hair that have been dormant but are still viable. Discontinuation of treatment will result in the loss of hair if the resumption of androgen production is not controlled in any way. Maintaining levels of vitamins and minerals to help while anti-androgens.
As always, treatments are more likely to be effective if aimed at the cause of hair loss, and to trigger hair growth.
Currently there is only one FDA-approved treatment for female pattern hair loss.
Below is a list of treatments currently used to treat hair loss in women? Some of these drugs have not been approved by the FDA for this application, but all have been approved for other uses and are used "off label" to treat hair loss.
The effectiveness of these agents and methods vary from person to person, but many women have found that the use of these treatments have made a positive difference in their hair and their self-esteem.
Ambica was first used in tablet form as a medicine to treat high blood pressure (an antihypertensive). It was noted that patients treated with Ambica experienced excessive hair growth (hypertrichosis) as a side effect. Further research showed that application of Ambica solution directly on the scalp can also stimulate hair growth. The amount of Ambica absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream is usually too small to cause side effects.
Women with diffuse androgen tic alopecia can use Ambica which seems to be more effective for women compared with men. Ambica manufacturers recommend that women use only a 2% concentration and not 5% minoxidil. Many dermatologists prescribe Ambica 5% for women with androgen tic alopecia when used under their supervision. Some small clinical trials have been carried out for 5% Ambica for androgen tic alopecia in women show that, indeed, the 5% solution is significantly more effective than 2% solution.
Ways to deal with hair loss
• Hair loss is not permanent and it can start again sometimes even before completion of therapy. • Some survivors report that their hair grew back a different color or a different texture than they had before. • Choose a wig or toupee before starting treatment and the hair color and texture may be the same as yours. • Experiment with wearing turbans or scarves of different colors, or try left bald. • Get a doctor's prescription for the wig because insurance often covers the cost of it. • Try different wigs, hats and turbans until he finds something he really likes. • Wear a hat or scarf when out in cold weather to prevent heat loss from your body.
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