Why do some hair loss doctors choose not to prescribe dutasteride for hair loss?

Patient’s Question: Hi Dr. Friedman, I was reading online about how DHT causes hair loss, and that Finasteride/Propecia can block DHT from causing hair loss. Reading further, I learned that finasteride only blocks one type of DHT, while Dutasteride/Avodart actually blocks both forms of DHT. My question is what is your opinion of using dutasteride …

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Can Treatment for “Low-T” lead to increased hair loss?

Patient’s Question: Hello Dr. Friedman, I am an overweight male in his mid-40s who has just started testosterone replacement therapy as recommended by a doctor. I’ve had two injections so far and I must admit, I am feeling a noticeable improvement in all things relevant. My question to you is – I know that increased …

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My wife has a small bald-spot on her head, what caused it and what can be done?

Patient’s Question: Greetings and Salutations Dr. Friedman, I am writing to ask you a hair loss question about my wife of nearly 25 years. She was standing in front of the bathroom mirror the other day and was showing me a spot above her right temple but close to the center that is beginning to …

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I am losing hair after giving birth, what can I do to stop it and regrow new hair?

Patient’s Question: I had a baby two months ago and now my hair is shedding all the time and my hair is thinning on the top of my scalp.  Is there anything that I can do to stop my hair loss and to re-grow my hair? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: When you were pregnant, the placenta …

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What are the side-effects for women who use low level light therapy to regrow their hair?

Patient’s Question: What are the side effects of laser therapy for women over the age of 37?  Will it take many treatments for me to see a change in my hair thickness and volume? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: There is virtually no side effects to low-level laser therapy if performed properly.  We feel that laser therapy …

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Will laser therapy help a 45 year-old woman with thinning hair?

Patient’s Question: I am a 45-year-old female and the hair on the top of my scalp is very thin.  I don’t like the idea of getting hair transplants or taking a pill.  I have heard about laser therapy but will it help me?  How does it work? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: If the scalp hair on …

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I have crown hair loss, when should I get a hair transplant?

Patient’s Question: I just turned 43 and I have been noticing thinning hair along the crown and top of my head.  Am I a hair transplant candidate? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: Depending on how much hair loss you have at this time will dictate whether or not you are a good candidate for hair transplant surgery. …

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Can I take Propecia and Rogaine at the same time?

Patient’s Question: I found out on-line that you should wait about eight months to one year when taking Propecia before starting to take minoxidil.  I have been using minoxidil for years already.  What should I do?  Can I still start taking Propecia? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: I personally would start Propecia and minoxidil at the same …

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Does Saw Palmetto or Chili Powder Stop Hair Loss?

Patient’s Question: I’ve been searching the internet for the latest info on hair restoration medicine that regrows lost hair, or at least stops hair loss, and I come across things like people using Saw Palmetto as DHT-blocker, or using chili powder on their scalp to promote blood flow. Does that stuff really work? Dr. Friedman’s …

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What is the best treatment to stop thinning hair loss?

Patient’s Question: I’m in my early 60s and tried hair loss medications years ago with no real results. My hair just keeps getting thinner and I’d like to know if there are any truly effective treatments that stop thinning. Doctor Friedman’s Answer: Prior to the 1990s, there were a number of non-FDA approved topical products …

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What tests exist for female hair loss?

Question: I’m a 33 year-old woman and I’ve recently been experiencing thinning all over my scalp. What tests should I have run to try to determine what’s causing the thinning and who would do this, my regular doctor, a dermatologist, a hair specialist? Answer: Since generalized scalp hair thinning can represent not only Female Pattern …

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