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5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors 5-Alpha-reductase inhibitors block the action of 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, which has greater affinity for androgen receptors. The activity of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors results in increased levels of testosterone and decreased levels of dihydrotestosterone. 5-Alpha-reductase inhibitors are used to treat baldness, prostate hyperplasia and prostate cancer.
Alopecia Alopecia areata is an acquired skin disease that can affect all hair-bearing skin and is characterized by localized areas of non-scarring hair loss. Alopecia areata, as a rule, is rarely associated with any other external or internal medical problems. Most often these bald areas regrow their hair spontaneously.
Androgenetic Hereditary androgen-dependent hair loss that is associated with the shrinkage of hair follicles and the shortening of the anagen phase of hair growth. Typically characterized by moderate to severe hair loss on the crown and around the temples in men and diffuse thinning on the crown in women.
Androgens A male sex hormone (as testosterone). Androgens are a group of chemically related sex steroid hormones.
Beta-Catenin Beta-catenin (or β-catenin) is a protein that in humans is encoded by the CTNNB1 gene. In Drosophila, the homologous protein is called armadillo.
Biotin Biotin is a coenzyme and a B vitamin, also known as vitamin H. As a supplement, biotin is sometimes used for diabetes, brittle nails, and other conditions.
Bitaniprost Bimatoprost, is the growth-stimulating ingredient in Latisse, a popular eyelash topical medication used to regrow eyelash hair and treat glaucoma.
Brazilian Hair Straightening A hair smoothing technique designed to reduce curls and eliminate frizz. Treatments last between 10-12 weeks.
Clinical Trial A scientifically controlled study of the safety and effectiveness of a therapeutic agent (as a drug or vaccine) using consenting human subjects
DHT See Dihydrotestosterone
Dihydrotestosterone A biologically active metabolite C19H30O2 of testosterone having similar androgenic activity and produced in various tissues (as of the skin and prostate) – abbreviation DHT
Dutasteride Dutasteride is used to treat an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). Dutasteride is in a class of medications called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. It works by blocking the production of a natural substance that enlarges the prostate.
FDA The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), veterinary products, and cosmetics.
Female Pattern Hair Loss Female pattern baldness involves a typical pattern of hair loss in women, due to hormones, aging, and genes. The Avacor Physician Formulation® for Women can be used to treat hair loss that occurs as a result of female pattern baldness.
Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is an organic compound with the formula CH2O. It is the simplest aldehyde, hence its systematic name methanal. Formaldehyde is sometimes used in keratin hair regrowth treatments.
Hair Transplant Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that involves moving individual hair follicles from one part of the body (the donor site) to bald or balding parts (the recipient site). It is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness.
Keratin Keratin is the key of structural material making up the outer layer of human skin. It is also the key structural component of hair and nails.
Latanoprost Latanoprost is a topical eye medication used to reduce pressure inside the eye. It is used to treat eye conditions, including glaucoma and ocular hypertension, in which increased pressure can lead to a gradual loss of vision. This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses such as a topical treatment to grow eyelashes.
Bimatoprost A prostaglandin analog/prodrug used topically (as eye drops) to control the progression of glaucoma and in the management of ocular hypertension. In December 2008 the U.S. FDA approved this drug as a way to lengthen eyelashes (sold as Latisse). Some have argued that if this drug can work for eyelashes, that it should be able to help with (fe)male pattern baldness. To that end, Allergan is current testing this drug for signs for effective treatment of pattern baldness.
Male Pattern Baldness Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men. The typical pattern of male baldness begins at the hairline. The hairline gradually moves backward (recedes) and forms an "M" shape. Eventually the hair becomes finer, shorter, and thinner, and creates a U-shaped (or horseshoe) pattern of hair around the sides of the head. Avacor Physician Formulation® for Men can be used to treat hair loss that occurs as a result of male pattern baldness.
Minoxidil Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator medication which also slows or stops hair loss and promotes hair regrowth. Avacor Physician Formulation® for Men contains 5% minoxidil and Avacor Physician Formulation® for Women contains 2% minoxidil.
Saw Palmetto Saw palmetto extract is an extract of the fruit of Serenoa repens. It is rich in fatty acids and phytosterols. It has been used in traditional, eclectic, and alternative medicine for a variety of indications, most notably benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Saw palmetto extract also contains 5alpha-reductase inhibitory activity and thus likely aids in hair (re)growth, based on recent studies.
Scleroderma Scleroderma is a connective tissue disease that involves changes in the skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs.
Side Effects In medicine, a side effect is an effect, whether therapeutic or adverse, that is secondary to the one intended; although the term is predominantly employed to describe adverse effects, it can also apply to beneficial, but unintended, consequences of the use of a drug.
Testosterone Testosterone is a hormone that acts as the primary sex hormone in men. It is produced by the male testicles and the female ovaries. Testosterone levels in men increase during and after puberty, dropping again after about age 40. Testosterone causes the deeper voice, bigger muscles, body hair, and other primarily male features.
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