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How do medications treat hair loss?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Your doctor will prescribe different medications based on the cause of your hair loss. If you have hair loss because of an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata, your doctor might prescribe a medicine called anthralin. Your skin might become irritated, sometimes causing new hair growth. Oral medications like finasteride work by inhibiting your body's testosterone, a substance that can damage hair follicles.

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