Hair loss products such as minoxidil (a topical cream applied to the scalp) and finasteride (a prescription drug) can slow and even slightly reverse hair loss, but the benefits are lost when the products are no longer used.
Both minoxidil and finasteride affect hair loss through different mechanisms, but make note that the fact they are FDA approved does not imply that they safe for all individuals.
Although some European test studies have been performed on post-menopausal women, finasteride marketed under it's brand name Propecia has only been FDA approved for men.
Women of childbearing age shouldn't use Finasteride because it can cause birth defects.
The most commonly marketed forms of minoxidil and finasteride are Rogaine and Propecia.
Though finasteride and minoxidil are FDA approved, they both may cause side effects.
Men may also take a pill containing finasteride (Propecia) with a prescription.
Common treatments for male pattern baldness are minoxidil and finasteride.
Finasteride is a prostate drug that also happens to affect hair growth.
In most men, finasteride will simply stop or slow hair loss.