Thanks for writing to us.
There is a dearth of knowledge on net about each and every disease. However not everything being said is compleltely true.
Before I elaborate further, I would like you to know that only two drugs are US FDA approved for male pattern baldness- Minoxidil
and Finesteride. Apart from these two we normally add hair supplements with multivitamin
and minerals like copper, selenium
, iron, manganese etc as these are required for healthy hair growth. Similarly supplements like grape seed oil or saw palmetto are said to have anti DHT
effect and so are added in oral supplements for added benefit. shampoos or serums as such would not help in better hair growth.
Now minoxidil too works well if hair loss is mainly from vertex or crown and is of less than 10 yr duration involving not more than 10 cm square area. So if a person has advanced stage of hair fall
, it wont help. Now as you have been using minoxidil since one yr we need to assess the hair growth or response achieved in terms of decrease in hair fall, increased hair thickness and density. if you feel nothing has improved then minoxidil wont help you out.
As far as side effects are concerned, minoxidil may lead to irritation of scalp
, itching etc. However these are not commonly seen. Sexual side effects which are reversible is seen with finesteride.
Hope that answered your query.