on television, these products appear to work very well. However,
to date and according to most medical and scientific studies,
these products (with limited exception to Rogaine�) do not fulfill
their advertised claims. In most cases very little results are
experienced by those whom have purchased these products.
and potions are nothing more then exotic topical creams and
liquids, or shampoos and conditioners that are proclaimed to
regenerated hair growth simply by using or applying them daily
to the bald or balding areas of your scalp. There are always
new products being introduced to the marketplace and hopefully,
one day, one of them will be really work. To date, there are
no products that can be recommended that will actually regenerate
hair growth within a reasonable time period. Some men claim
to have had good results from certain products, however, when
viewed up close -- the results are far from satisfactory. Most
of the men are not satisfied with the result received and eventually
they stop using the product or products.
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) there are no lotions,
potions, or shampoos that do regenerate or stimulate hair regrowth
to the persons original natural state. If products were available
that did regenerate hair growth, every bald or balding man and
woman would probably be using them. And, for sure, Drug Stores
throughout the world would be selling them to their customers.
Naturally, the reason stores decline selling most hair restoration
products is obvious: They are aware of the facts and they do
not wish to loose their customers because of non-valid product
claims. With approximately 1.5 BILLION balding or bald men throughout
the world, if any hair restoration product really did work as
advertised -- it would be in such great demand that it would
be likely that supply could not keep up with its demand.
spray cover-ups are very convincing when demonstrated on television.
However, they are merely colored powders or fibers that simply
color the scalp and thicken thinning hair in order to make everything
look to be natural in appearance.
spray cover-ups when demonstrated on TV seems to make baldness
vanish instantly right before your eyes. Some aerosol sprays
are better than others, however, the results you see on TV are
not always what you get! From a distance the sprayed scalp and
hair may appear normal, but when viewed close-up it may be noticeable.
The bottom line is: Aerosol sprays do not add hair to a bald
or thinning scalp, they are only a cover-up!
topical alcohol mixture consisting of a drug called Minoxidil.
The manufacturer, Upjohn, proclaims that Rogaine� does regenerate
hair growth in bald or balding areas of the scalp. This product
is currently being sold in drug stores under the brand name
Rogaine�. However, before you try it carefully read the following
facts and truths.
approved by the FDA for use by men and women in 1988. It is
recommended to be applied topically twice daily to the scalp;
once in the morning and again before bedtime. Rogaine� must
remain on the scalp for up to 4 hours to insure sufficient scalp
penetration. Should an application be missed -- continued regular
use is recommended.
a doctor's prescription was required to purchase Rogaine�, however,
since 1996, it is now available over-the-counter without a prescription.
Originally, the cost for a 1-month supply of Rogaine�, was around
$100.00, however, now it is available at approximately $30.00
for a 1-month supply.
test results of Rogaine� disclosed that it did very little,
if anything at all, for the majority of its users. Rogaine�
has been on the market since 1988, however, continued use of
this drug spurred only "meaningful" hair growth result with
just a few of the men tested. Meaningful hair growth was defined
as: "New individual hairs covering some or all of the thinning
areas, but were not as closely spaced as hairs on the rest of
head. The larger percentage of users saw minimal hair growth,
some new hairs were seen, but not sufficient to cover thinning
areas on scalp."
that younger patients had faster and better results virus older
patients and results varied greatly with each person tested.
Rogaine� has not been tested on anyone under the age 18 and
it is not recommended for use by anyone under 18 years of age.
Testing results disclosed: "Meaningful results can take up to
four months of continuous daily use. When discontinued, any
results obtained are quickly lost and any degree prior baldness
is quickly reestablished. Rogaine� should not be used by anyone
who has experienced sudden hair loss or other abnormal medical
As a result
of using Rogaine� -- 7% of patients had 1 or more of the following
side effects: allergic contact dermatitis, bronchitis, upper
respiratory infection, sinusitis, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting,
headache, dizziness, faintness, fractures, back pain, tendinitis,
edema, weight gain, conjunctivitis, ear infections, vertigo,
chest pain, blood pressure increases/decreases, palpitations,
pulse rate increases/decreases, allergic reactions, hives, rhinitis,
facial swelling, urinary tract infections, arthritis, prostatitis,
sexual dysfunction, and alopecia (increased hair loss).
Men with poor
circulation or heart problems were found to suffer mild to serious
side effects as a result from overuse. Side effects were dose
related as with using Monoxide tables for high blood pressure,
therefore, higher dosages caused more side effects. Some patients
reported increased heart rate while resting, increased by more
than 20 beats per minute; rapid weight gain of up to 5 pounds;
breathing problems especially while lying down; worsening angina
pectoris attacks. Patients with known heart problems are advised
to discuss their potential risks with a heart specialist should
they wish to try Rogaine�. People with high blood pressure are
advised to seek medical advise regarding Rogaine�. High blood
pressure should be monitored closely by a doctor and patients
taking blood pressure medicine "guanethidine" should not use
are advised to make follow-up visits to their doctor 30 days
after starting Rogaine� treatment -- with regular visits every
6 months thereafter. Other drugs, such as corticosteroids, retinoids,
petrolatum should never be used on the scalp to increase absorption
disclosed in the Bald TALK! REPORT, regarding Rogaine�, was
obtained directly from the Upjohn Company Rogaine� Disclosure.)
available at most major Drug Stores.
The latest hair
loss product is called PROPECIA�!
is a pill that you take orally, once a day. The manufacturer,
Merck & Co., Inc., claims that their latest hair regeneration
product does regenerate hair growth on bald or balding areas
of the scalp. This product is currently being sold in drug stores,
by subscription only under the brand name PROPECIA�. Read the
following facts and truths about PROPECIA� carefully before
Results of clinical
studies: Report issued December 1997.
For 12 months,
doctors studied over 1800 men aged 18 to 41 with mild to moderate
amounts of ongoing hair loss. All men, whether receiving PROPECIA�
or placebo (a pill containing no medication) were given a medicated
shampoo (Neutrogena T/Gel�*** Shampoo). Of these men, approximately
1200 with hair loss at the top of the head were studied for
an additional 12 months. In general, men who took PROPECIA�
maintained or increased the number of visible scalp hairs and
noticed improvement in their hair in the first year, with the
effect maintained in the second year. Hair counts in men who
did not take PROPECIA� continued to decrease.
on the growth of body hair claim that PROPECIA� did not appear
to affect their hair in places other than the scalp.
and when is PROPECIA� taken?
good will PROPECIA� work for me?
some hair growth regeneration for some men, they show an increased
number of scalp hairs in thin or balding areas of the scalp.
Some men noted a slowing of hair loss during their two years
of use. Test results did vary, generally PROPECIA� did not grow
back all lost hair. There is not sufficient evidence that PROPECIA�
works in the treatment of receding hairline in the temporal
area on both sides of the head.
hair loss occurs gradually over time. On average, healthy hair
grows only about half an inch each month. Therefore, it takes
a long time to see any effect. You may need to take PROPECIA�
daily for three months or more before you see any benefits.
PROPECIA� only works over the long term and from continued use.
If the drug has not worked for you in twelve months, further
treatment is unlikely to be of benefit. If you stop taking PROPECIA�,
you will likely lose the hair you have gained within 12 months
of stopping treatment.
are the possible side effects of PROPECIA�?
Like all prescription
products, PROPECIA� may cause side effects. In clinical studies,
side effects from PROPECIA� were uncommon and did not affect
most men. A small number of men experienced certain sexual side
effects. These men reported one or more of the following: less
desire for sex; difficulty in achieving an erection; and, a
decrease in the amount of semen.
The active ingredient
in PROPECIA� is also used by older men at a five-times higher
dose to treat enlargement of the prostate. Some of these men
reported other side effects, including problems with ejaculation,
breast swelling and/or tenderness and allergic reactions such
as lip swelling and rash.
effect a blood test called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for
the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA test done,
you should tell your doctor that you are taking PROPECIA�.
about PROPECIA� and pregnancy:
Women who are
or may potentially be pregnant:
If a women who
is pregnant with a male baby absorbs the active ingredient in
PROPECIA�, either by swallowing or through the skin, it may
cause abnormalities of a male baby's sex organs. If a woman
who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient
in PROPECIA�, a doctor should be consulted. PROPECIA� tablets
are coated and will prevent contact with the active ingredient
during normal handling, provided that the tablets are not broken
in the original container and keep the container closed. Store
it in a dry place at room temperature. PROPECIA� tablets are
coated and will prevent contact with the active ingredient during
normal handling, provided that the tablets are not broken or
is prescribed for you do not give them to anyone else. Keep
PROPECIA� out of the reach of your children. Read the Newsletter
Here's a clipping
taken from USA Weekend Newspaper (August. 13, 2000).
originally used to treat prostate enlargement. It can halt hair
loss, if you are losing hair, but does nothing for already bald.
There are side effects with some men from this drug and it is
available by prescription only.
Do not expect
instant results when using PROPECIA�. Most suffering from male
pattern hair loss say it takes months before there's any noticeable
difference and if taking PROPECIA� is stopped, any results gained
are usually lost.
be taken forever once started..