Research in the pharmacological treatment of baldness
When it was first introduced, the medicine "Minoxidil" (in pharmacies, it is available as Minoxidil 2% or Lacovin) was used to treat patients that had high blood pressure.
Some researchers noticed that the patients that took this medication experienced hair growth and therefore, the medicine was studied to be approved with a new use as an anti-alopecic. The purpose of the medicine changed from being a medicine to treat hypertension to being a medicine for baldness.
Though with different examples, the essence of this story has repeated recently: the medicines used for the treatment of asthma could today be the new bet of the pharmaceutical industry for androgenic baldness, from anti-asthmatic medicine to anti-alopecic medicine.
Although there is still much to be confirmed, the person who discovered the medicine (Dr. Cotsarelis) claims that it will be more effective and will have fewer side effects.
A decrease in side effects and better effectiveness are always good news, especially for the users of these medicines.
However, it should not be forgotten that, though at different levels, medicines always leave an imprint on our bodies.