study of the most effective hair loss remedies

If you’re a man noticing more hair sticking to your hairbrush or coming off in the shower, perhaps take some comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. 

Research shows that some 90{44affb6c5789133b77de981cb308c1480316fee51f5fd5f1575b130f48379a33} of men will experience some form of hair loss during their lifetimes.

study of the most effective hair loss remedies
More than half of all men over the age of 50 have some degree of male pattern baldness.

Yes, male-pattern baldness — the thinning or total loss of hair at the temples and top of the scalp is that common. 

What — if anything — you choose to do about it is up to you. 

But for men considering, or currently taking, pharmaceutical remedies, a recent study might be of interest to you.  

Earlier this month, the medical journal JAMA Dermatology published a “meta-analysis” of 23 studies done on various male-pattern baldness medications. 

The analysis interpreted research on the relative efficacy of three widely used male-pattern baldness drugs — dutasteride, finasteride and minoxidil — when they were used at different dosages over periods of time ranging from two to four months. 

As New York City dermatologist Dr. Anthony Rossi told CNN, “This meta-analysis is important [because] we don’t have randomized clinical trials that compare these medications for male-pattern baldness against one another.” 

In the studies, the drugs were used for either 24-week or 48-week periods. Here’s how they stacked up against one another:  

JAMA Dermatology has published a "meta-analysis" of 23 studies done on various male-pattern baldness medications.

The analysis found that the medication most likely to reduce male-pattern baldness was a 0.5-milligram oral dosage of dutasteride. 

Dutasteride is FDA-approved to treat men who are suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). When prescribed by a doctor to treat male hair loss, it’s considered as being used “off-label” — meaning there isn’t clinically tested proof that a drug will be effective for a given condition.