Finasteride pill (brand name Propecia) is one of the only two FDA approved products for hair loss treatment, the other being minoxidil. Topical finasteride has been explored by many users to lower side effects of finasteride pill. This blog will discuss (1) if the topical finasteride works, (2) whether its side effects is less than oral finasteride, (3) what is the best way to avoid side effects, and (4) how to make topical finasteride yourself.
Retinoic acid, also called tretinoin or all-trans-retinoic acid , is a vitamin A derivative. It is mixed with Minoxidil and offered by some hair loss clinics to treat hair loss. Here we answer the top 10 questions you may have when considering using retinoic acid.
1. What is Retinoic acid?
In a study that was published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. in 2007 (4(6):1708-12. Epub 2007 Jul 26. ), it showed the people who are informed about possible side effects of 5mg finasteride reported significant higher rate of side effects than those who were not informed, which suggests a lot of people who have side of effects from using finasteride may not come from the drug itself, rather it is a result of nocebo effect.
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