2. Get FDA Approved Treatment
Roman-affiliated doctors can prescribe finasteride (generic Propecia), which is FDA approved to stop hair loss. You can also get FDA-approved Minoxidil (generic Rogaine), which is over the counter and doesn’t require a prescription. Applying minoxidil twice a day to the crown of the head can help stop hair loss in its tracks and possibly even regrow hair. Your doctor may recommend daily use of prescription finasteride and topical minoxidil to stop hair loss and possibly even regrow hair over the course of a year.
Even FDA-approved treatments have side effects that you should consider before using them. You shouldn’t use finasteride if you’re allergic to it or any of its ingredients. Also, finasteride is for men only, and crushed tablets shouldn’t be handled by pregnant women. Finasteride can cause sexual dysfunction in about 2% of men who take it, including erectile dysfunction and ejaculation disorders. There have also been rare reports of depression. These side effects usually resolve when the medication is stopped, but in a small proportion of men they can continue. Finasteride may lower PSA levels (a screening blood test for prostate cancer), which may make it difficult to interpret these results. Let your doctor know about all of your medical conditions and the medications you’re taking so they can help you decide if finasteride is right for you. You can learn more about the safety of finasteride here.