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Name: Minu

Question: hello…..i have suffering frontal baldness from 2-3 yrs and started with treatment after consulting dermatologist. he recommended me minoxidil 3% with 0.1% finasteride (product name Mor-F). Its effective to me but i came across that finasteride can cause infertility in female. Is it true and should i stop the treatment?

Finasteride 1mg Aindeem tabletsAnswer: Hi, Minu. We do not use Mor-F, the hair loss product you mention here, at Belgravia however we understand this to be a topical medication that contains a low dose of minoxidil alongside finasteride.

Finasteride 1mg is a drug prescribed as an oral tablet for the treatment of male pattern hair loss and is not considered suitable for women. Although in the last two years it has also been recommended by some doctors for women, generally those who are post-menopausal, tests are still being carried out into its suitability for women.

Following trials, topical finasteride has been categorised as not being effective in relation to hair loss. Furthermore, the side effects of topical finasteride use have not yet been fully investigated but the tablets have been linked with sexual deformity of the foetus if pregnant women are exposed to it.

As you are not a Belgravia client we cannot advise you on whether to stop using your treatment – this is a decision you would need to take with your dermatologist once you have amassed all the information regarding the treatment you are currently using. What we can tell you, for your information purposes, is how our specialists would treat your hair loss.

First we would need to establish the hair loss condition that is affecting you.

There are two likely reasons for frontal baldness in women and these are: Traction Alopecia, which can often be successfully treated, and Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia, which is a form of scarring, making it far more difficult to regrow hair.

In the first instance, if your receding hairline is the result of years of wearing damaging hairstyles, such as tight braids or hair extensions, then there are likely to be occasional small ‘fuzzy’ hairs around your hairline despite it having receded. There are certain treatments available to help correct this.

If you are experiencing complete baldness in a band around your hairline that measures anything up to five inches deep, this is Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia. It is a form of scarring, or ‘Cicatricial’ Alopecia, in which the hair loss is caused by destruction of the hair follicles, often due to inflammation. The viable treatments for this condition are currently extremely limited although research is moving quickly into developing potential options with a new stem cell breakthrough in Japan proving extremely encouraging. Some doctors elect to treat frontal fibrosing alopecia with oral doses of finasteride 5 mg – this is not something we treat at Belgravia – but the most common option, in suitable cases, is hair restoration surgery.

We recommend you discuss the situation and your concerns with the person who prescribed your treatment and if you would like a second opinion, having a personal consultation with a hair loss specialist may be worthwhile.

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Cysteine NAC 600mgName: Albert

Question: Hi, I wanted to know if Cysteine helps prevent hair loss by increasing the blood circulation at the scalp level. I want to try N-Acetyl Cysteine 600 mg.

Answer: N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a modified form of cysteine, a non-essential amino acid that can be manufactured in the liver, which helps the body make the antioxidant enzyme glutathione. Several studies have found that it is beneficial to people with chronic bronchitis and there is preliminary evidence to suggest that it may help prevent colon cancer.

It is believed by some that NAC may help to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. However, although cysteine is a necessary part of a well-balanced diet, the extent of its effect on hair loss is limited to providing some essential nutrients your hair needs for healthy growth. It is highly unlikely and definitely not proven to individually stop hair loss or re-grow hair that’s already been lost. There are only two clinically proven treatments for hair loss but good nutrition is helpful for enhancing the health of the hair follicles and certain hair growth boosters may provide extra support for those treatments.

Cysteine is readily available in a variety of foods such as beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, dairy products, eggs, fish, garlic, meat, nuts, onions, red peppers, seafood, seeds, soy, whey, and whole grains. You should be able to get enough cysteine your body requires from a healthy, well-balanced diet but if you have a deficiency, you may notice symptoms such as loss of pigmentation in hair, lethargy, liver damage, muscle loss, weakness and fat loss.

Optimal levels of NAC and cysteine have not been determined but 250 to 1,500 mg of NAC per day has been used in clinical studies with no adverse effects. The supplements you mentioned should be safe to use but always check with your doctor first. People with diabetes or who are allergic to eggs, milk, or wheat should not take supplementary cysteine and the danger with people taking supplements without checking with their doctor first is that they may overdose of certain nutrients. Studies have found extremely high doses of NAC could cause liver injury and daily doses of 1.2g or more increase oxidative stress.

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