There are many types of hair loss but the most common one is male pattern baldness that develops in most men as they age. The condition is sometimes called androgenetic or androgenic alopecia. Some women also develop a similar type of hair loss, mainly at the crown, particularly after the menopause.
There are approximately 7.5 million bald and balding men in the United Kingdom.
What causes hair loss?
It is thought that the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is responsible for hair loss. The male hormone testosterone is converted to DHT by the hair follicle. A process of miniaturisation of the hair follicle in those genetically prone to male pattern baldness then occurs and each time the hair becomes thinner and grows less. Eventually, the hair follicle stops producing any more hair.
Finasteride is a medicine that can be used to help treat male pattern baldness in men only. It belongs to a group of medicines called 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors and works by reducing the amount of DHT our body produces. This is turn can reduce hair loss and also promote hair growth.
Finasteride is a prescription-only medication but at City Pharmacy we can provide you with this medicine after a successful consultation. You can undergo the screening process online or pop into the pharmacy and speak to our pharmacist.
Regaine Extra Strength can also help reduce hair loss and encourage hair growth. It is a topical application that is applied to the scalp twice a day. No prescription is required for this and it can be purchased from our pharmacy.
Please note that you will be directed to the Medescribe website in association with the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPA) who provides the online screening process on our behalf. All data is securely kept and is completely confidential.
Click on Men’s health followed by Hair-loss treatment and follow the instructions on the screen. The whole process is quick and easy but if you need any assistance please call us on 01733 562045.