Hair Loss Medications

Hair Loss Medications

Thousands of products for baldness are advertised on TV and on the Internet. They claim to make hair re-grow, or simply to stop further loss. Most charge high prices and simply use minoxidil which can be purchased over-the-counter in your local pharmacy for approximately $10. Other products, most likely, are a complete waste of money.

Most have not been assessed by proper research studies, and aim to persuade a consumer by a single ‘true life’ success story.

Because hair loss is often noticeable for a month or two and then stops for a few months it is easy to imagine that a product is having an effect. Without proper, recognized research studies, treating hundreds of people with the product and an equal number with a control group version of the treatment, it is impossible to know one way or the other about effectiveness and safety. So before trying a treatment, ask the company for a copy of published evidence and the credentials of the firm testing the product.


Nutrafol is an oral supplement for hair loss. Multiple variations are available to cater to the different causes of hair loss. The company claims to use naturally sourced botanicals in its products.

Hair loss is a common condition that affects at least 40% of females and 50% of males. In itself, it is not a serious condition, but it can affect a person’s mental health, leading to depression or anxiety.

As it may sometimes occur due to an underlying health condition, a person may wish to consult a doctor to rule out this possibility or get a diagnosis.

What is Nutrafol?

Nutraceutical Wellness Inc. manufactures the oral supplement Nutrafol, which it claims can address thinning hair. It markets versions for:

  • males
  • females

The company also makes a line of Nutrafol boosters that it has developed to address specific underlying causes of hair loss and thinning. These causes are:

  • stress
  • hormones
  • nutrition
  • metabolism
  • environment

How does Nutrafol work?

Nutrafol contains “nutraceuticals.” Although there is no formal definition of a nutraceutical, a widely used description of Trusted Source is “a food or part of a food that provides medical or health benefits.”

The manufacturer uses a proprietary approach to collect nutraceuticals, which reportedly makes them easier for the body to use and allows the company to provide a standardized dose.

The manufacturer claims that Nutrafol supports hair growth by helping the body work against contributing hair-thinning factors.

As many factors contribute to hair thinning and hair loss, the company says that a multifaceted approach is necessary to combat these issues.

In a 2018 randomized controlled trial Source, Nutrafol women’s capsules successfully improved hair growth activity by addressing stress, micro-inflammation, and oxidative damage.

Additionally, the researchers reported no adverse effects. However, it is important to note that the manufacturer of Nutrafol gave financial support to this study, which may introduce bias.