Pharmacological Management of Pattern Hair Loss

Indian J Plast Surg. 2021 Dec 13;54(4):422-434. doi: 10.1055/s-0041-1739254. eCollection 2021 Oct.


Pattern hair loss (PHL) is a condition that worsens with time and the only way it can be slowed down is with pharmacological intervention. Pharmacological treatments for PHL, from an evidenced-based perspective with respect to safety and efficacy, are limited to only two drugs, minoxidil and finasteride. However, there are a host of drugs being used, off-label with limited evidence. This article attempts to review the literature on this topic, and the authors add to this, with their experience of over two decades on incorporating pharmacologic treatments along with hair transplantation in their management of PHL.

Keywords: Dutasteride; Finasteride; Minoxidil; Pattern Hair Loss; Post finasteride syndrome; Topical finasteride.

Publication types

  • Review