Hair Loss Treatment Plan 

Hello from your provider! This page contains your treatment plan. Be sure to take your time and read everything below. It is essential for you to understand the potential risks and benefits of both available treatments. Note that temporarily increased hair shedding is a common and expected effect at the onset of starting oral minoxidil. Finasteride can take 3 to 4 months to show any benefit, and some shedding can happen when you start the medication. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our medical support team if you have ANY questions.

Hair loss
Quick Facts

  • You have been prescribed oral minoxidil and/or oral finasteride for the treatment of male pattern hair loss. Follow your healthcare provider’s specific instructions for your individual dosing, since your specific dose and how often you take it may vary. If you’ve been prescribed oral minoxidil, one common regimen to start is one 2.5 mg tablet per day, but follow specific instructions from your healthcare provider. If you’ve been prescribed oral finasteride, you’ll typically take one 1mg tablet per day

  • Side effects for both medications are relatively uncommon and typically resolve upon stopping the medication.

  • Potential side effects of oral minoxidil include dizziness and low blood pressure, headaches, and fluid retention. A rare, but serious side effect in patients who’ve taken oral minoxidil is the accumulation of fluid around the heart. In very rare cases this can interfere with heart function. Symptoms include chest pain, chest tightness or shortness of breath. If you experience any of these side effects, please stop the medication and seek immediate medical attention. Because minoxidil can have blood pressure-lowering effects, people with existing heart problems and those who are taking other medications to lower their blood pressure should be especially careful. Tell your provider if you have any of these conditions or take medications for these conditions. More information, including other groups who should exercise caution, is listed below.

  • Oral finasteride may cause decreased semen volume, decreased libido, and erectile dysfunction. It may also cause depression and anxiety, and there are  reports that it may be linked to increased suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors.

Overview

Losing hair marks a change; whether it is embraced by taking a razor to a receding hairline or fought by taking medication to regrow what has been lost, the decision is never made without careful consideration. You may have felt like losing hair would be a losing battle and resigned yourself to the inevitable bald head that each of your uncles (and maybe an aunt or two) brandished at every family gathering. You may have silently resented that you were losing the appearance of youth while you still felt young and robust.

No matter what brought you here today, the fact is that you made a decision and took action. You have sought the advice and care of healthcare professionals. Your healthcare provider, who reviewed your medical information, has formulated a plan. What you will read today is a plan that details how you can work to preserve hair or even regrow hair.

Medication works for the vast majority of patients, and it usually does so without causing side effects—and that’s great. However, if a trusting relationship is to work, then it must be open, meaning that we must share more than how everything can go according to plan.

Sometimes, the plan doesn’t work. It is part of the reality that no drug is a magic bullet. And, just as no drug works on everyone, no drug is 100% safe. It is important you learn all you can. The more you read, the more questions will be answered, and the better the plan can work.

Telemedicine has the advantage of convenience, but it relies on your honesty and involvement in the process. That includes reading everything below carefully (including the package insert, now online, and when it arrives in print with your medication), and communicating with your provider. If your health should change, should you have a side effect, should the medicine not work or stop working over time, should you be prescribed ANY new medication or change your medication regimen, should you visit another healthcare provider, please contact us.

Keep EVERY healthcare provider informed.

We are here for you. You’ve taken a big step, and you are not alone. Read, learn, and ask us questions. We have done the legwork and put together information so you can do it right.

First, you read your plan, which is followed by information about hair loss. Lastly, read the detailed information about the medication prescribed to you. Read it all, and read the package insert and the official prescribers’ digital reference (PDR).

Your Treatment Plan

Your provider has reviewed your medical information and has prescribed oral minoxidil and/or oral finasteride to treat androgenic alopecia. Low dose oral minoxidil (sometimes referred to as “LDOM”) to treat hair loss in men is considered off-label. This means the FDA has not specifically approved the medication for treating hair loss. However, healthcare professionals have the discretion to prescribe medications off-label if they believe it is an appropriate course of treatment for a particular patient. Oral finasteride is FDA approved to treat hair loss in men.These medications help patients maintain the hair they have or regrow some hair they have lost. The medications your provider has prescribed or asked you to use should only be used as directed.

Your provider has prescribed oral minoxidil and/or oral finasteride.

Be aware that oral minoxidil and oral finasteride can cause side effects, and you should familiarize yourself with the list included in the section that discusses side effects. The vast majority of men may take these medications without difficulty, but familiarity with the possible side effects will help you identify if you are one of the men who experience them.

Being fully informed is the only way for you to know if your treatment plan suits your needs and if you want to accept it as presented. You may reject it, or you may want to request a modification to the plan. Please, do not hesitate to make your voice heard. Contact us with any questions. We want the best for you, and the only way to do that is if you are fully informed and if we work as a team.

Let’s begin. Read everything and keep all the literature handy (digitally, as well) in case your medical status changes and you need to refer back to it.

Oral Minoxidil

Please read the following information carefully if you have been prescribed Oral Minoxidil

About Oral Minoxidil

Oral Minoxidil Safety Info

Finasteride

Please read the following information carefully if you have been prescribed Finasteride

About Finasteride

Finasteride Safety Info

Hair Loss Condition Overview

About Hair Loss