Male pattern baldness can occur in men over the age of 18. While there is no known cure, there are methods to curtailing the rate of hair loss as well as surgically restoring it. At Dr. Paul C. Cotterill, we focus on providing hair restoration treatments, but can also provide advice on drug studies pertaining to male pattern baldness. Toronto men, for example, can try taking medication like Propecia or Minoxidil to prevent further hair loss and promote regrowth. It’s important to begin treatments as early as possible, so keep an eye out for hair shedding or thinning as these are early signs of male pattern baldness. If you suffer from male pattern baldness, Toronto-based Dr. Paul C. Cotterill may be able to help. Contact our office to schedule for a consultation today.
Dr. Cotterill has been an investigator for Merck Corporation for the last ten years. He was also involved in a press conference held in Toronto in June of 1998 to announce the passing of Propecia as a prescribed medication for the treatment of Male Pattern Baldness in Canada.
The following is a synopsis of the findings of a two year drug study:
Propecia (Finasteride 1 mg) has just been given approval by the Health Protection Branch of Canada for release as a prescribed drug. This medication is marketed by Merck Frosst and is now available in pharmacies at approximately $1.50 per tablet. The two year data from clinical trials involving 1,879 men with pattern hair loss involved 4 Canadian centers, of which Dr. Paul Cotterill and Dr. Walter Unger were the Ontario Investigators. The clinical trials were performed on men aged 18-41 with mild to moderate hair loss on the top of the scalp.
Results showed that there was no more hair loss in 83% of men after two years. Additionally, there was hair regrowth in 66% of men. This figure was broken down into 30% of men having mild regrowth, 31% having moderate, and 5% dense regrowth. This medication is very well tolerated, with less than 2% of men experiencing side effects. 1.8% experienced a mildly decreased sex drive. If you do experience side effects that trouble you, once you stop the medication any benefit that treatments may have had on the scalp is lost within twelve months and you go back to the way you would have been had you never used the medication.
There is no cross-reaction between this medication and any other medication. Additionally, you may take the medication before, after, and during hair transplants.
The five and six year clinical trial data has recently been presented and is continuing to show favorable results.