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Hair Loss Drugs Share your opinions and experiences regarding drugs like Propecia (finasteride), Minoxidil and others.

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Interesting article.

The prostamide-related glaucoma therapy, bimatoprost, offers a novel approach for treating scalp alopecias


Ultimately, I am glad that they have managed to pin point the pathway that bimatoprost acts upon. Until now "it just worked".

In my opinion, bimatoprost will be the next FDA approved hair loss treatment

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Dr. Tom,

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I understand.

Here is a summary of my thoughts on the paper:


Positives

The paper adds to existing evidence for the use of bimatoprost for hair loss.
Human tissue used from men suffering from male pattern baldness.
Hair grew one third more than untreated samples.


Negatives

The lead scientist is paid by the drug manufacturer.
Not done on humans over a substantial period of time.
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Thank you for sharing the additional information!
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A recent study has shown that bimatoprost, a key ingredient in Lumigan eye drops, which are used to treat glaucoma, could help for a number of different hair loss conditions. The drug has previously been known to stimulate the growth of eyelashes, but new trials are now being conducted in the hope that it will have a similar effect on the growth of hair on the scalp.
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hi dr do you know how much a day to apply of bimatoprost ie: 1ml of 0.3% and do you know if it will work better than minox or protosome inhibitors,such as oc000459 or the neosil trials.
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There is no strong evidence comparing this treatment to others.

This study had a look at dosing but was carried out on mice:
The biodisposition and hypertrichotic effects of bimatoprost in mouse skin - Woodward - 2013 - Experimental Dermatology - Wiley Online Library

Interestingly it suggests that the dose 0.03% gives a similar tissue concentration after 8 - 24 hours as higher doses.

In my opinion, I do not think that it will work better than minoxidil. It will be another mechanism of action to treat hair loss. If the evidence continues to support it, it may change "the big 3" into the "big 4".
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