Author: Bob Brensel | President, Pharmacist | ScriptWorks
Bob Brensel, RPh, earned his Pharmacy Degree at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California in 1980. He was honored as a student with the Longs Drugs Stores, “Outstanding Intern Scholarship” in 1977. Read More →
Oral & Topical Therapies through Compounding
There are so many exciting formulas that are both oral and topical that are therapy options for both men’s and women’s hair loss. Let’s review some of the possibilities.
Common formulas for hair restoration:
MINOXIDIL 0.625mg, 0.25mg CAPSULES
MINOXIDIL 5%/TRETINOIN 0.01%/ FLUOCINOLONE 0.01% TOPICAL SOLUTION
MINOXIDIL 7%/FINASTERIDE 0.1% (PROPYLENE GLYCOL FREE) TOPICAL LOTION
MINOXIDIL 10%/FINASTERIDE 0.2%/TRETINOIN 0.025% TOPICAL CREAM
Minoxidil Sulfate & Finasteride
The gold standard is using Minoxidil in hair growth formulas and the goal is to get the best absorption into the skin possible without causing significant patient side effects.
Minoxidil Sulfate is an active metabolite which stimulates hair growth according to many studies. It is the number one product used for Androgenic Alopecia and has been approved by the FDA for this indication.
Finasteride is a 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor that blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the androgen responsible for male pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia). Finasteride is FDA approved for androgenic alopecia in men.
At ScriptWorks, we often tailor specific formulas containing one or both or these ingredients.
ScriptWorks has many other options for hair growth including Low Dose Oral Minoxidil. There are many other drugs like Tretinoin, Spironolactone, Fluocinonide, and others that doctors can use to enhance each compounded formula.
ScriptWorks’ pharmacists primary job is to research the safety and efficacy of our compounded drug therapies before creating a customized prescription for our patients. Our goal is to create a safe, patient-specific dosage form.
Before we filled our first compound for Oral Minoxidil Therapy, we did an in-depth analysis of the safety and side effects of Low Dose Oral Minoxidil. We found quite a few studies (see below) that observed positive results of low dose oral Minoxidil. Since then, more studies have come to the forefront of this therapy. There are side effects that need to be considered and weighed against potential benefits.
A total of 17 studies with 634 patients were evaluated in consideration of oral Minoxidil therapy for hair loss. The conclusion was that oral minoxidil was found to be a well-tolerated treatment alternative for healthy patients having difficulty with topical formulations.
This article has led to many inquiries from doctors and patients about this therapy.
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