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Conventional Treatment Options for Men with Androgenetic Hair Loss

Careful diagnosis and follow-up are essential to the many conventional treatment options for male androgenetic hair loss.

Since common male balding is primarily linked to androgen activity, substances that inhibit these hormones would seem a logical choice to stave off baldness. Clinical and case studies have shown some success with these substances:(89324325)

Hair Regrowth is Possible

A recent systematic review and analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials through 2016 found that the following treatments have proven to regrow hair:(336)

A comparative meta-analysis of clinical research suggests that low-level light therapy is superior to other non-surgical treatment options.(337)

And of course there are herbs and nutritional supplements that in general help keep hair healthy and promote hair growth. However, as with most conditions, there are certain drugs, herbs, and nutrients that should be avoided because they exert hormonal effects which might exacerbate male androgenetic hair loss.

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5α-reductase inhibitors, such as finasteride, dutasteride, and saw palmetto.(89)
Such as Rogaine® (minoxidil), 0.25% finasteride mixed with 3% minoxidil, topical antihistamine (cetirizine), and caffeine-based topical liquid (Alpecin).(89326-328)
Either by blocking 5α-reductase or by other mechanisms.(89)
Such as 2% ketoconazole and 1% pyrithione zinc.(89)