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Hair Loss Medication

Conveniently located to serve St. Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL

A full head of thick hair often conveys youth, attractiveness, and vitality. Hair loss or thinning is a common problem affecting both men and women. Approximately 50 million men and about 30 million women in the US suffer from hair loss. Hair loss and thinning can create an older appearance and affect your confidence and social performance. Hair loss can be genetic or can be caused by multiple medical problems. During your consultation, Dr. Caceres will review your medical history and family history as well as perform a thorough examination to determine a personalized treatment plan for you.

Hair Loss Medication

A significant portion of hair loss is caused by an excess of DHT which is a byproduct of testosterone. There are many medicines available to prevent or reverse hair loss. Some medications are better suited for men than women and some may have side effects. It is important to review your medical and hairloss history with Dr. Caceres so, together, you can choose the best medication regimen for your needs.

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Minoxidil is a medication that can promote hair loss reversal or prevent further hair loss. Its true mechanism of action in hair restoration is still not fully understood. Minoxidil can be used topically in the form of a liquid, shampoo, or foam and when applied to the hair can help to reduce or reverse hair loss. The hairs that regrow tend to be larger and thicker than before treatment. Minoxidil can also be given in an oral form but can have side effects so it is important to discuss these with Dr. Caceres during your consultation.

Finasteride (Propecia)

Finasteride is an oral medication that inhibits the 5𝝰-reductase enzyme which converts testosterone to DHT. By reducing DHT levels in the scalp, it can reduce hair loss and promote hair regrowth. It is rare but finasteride can cause sexual side effects in some men.


Spironolactone is a medication taken by mouth that can decrease the production of the hormones that cause hair loss. This is especially effective in women but cannot be taken during pregnancy. Due to its anti-hormonal effects, it is not often used in men. Reducing the hormones that cause hair loss, can promote hair regrowth or a decrease in hair loss.