According to a recent CBS News report drugs developed for other uses have shown promising results for treating hair loss. Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione Beverly Hills says that he looks forward to offering this treatment option to his patients.
As reported in a March 17, 2013 CBS News article, Allergan, Inc.’s eyelash growing drug Latisse is being investigated as a potential remedy for hair loss. Latisse, available only by prescription, was originally developed by Allergan to treat glaucoma. An unintended side effect of the drug was longer, darker, and thicker eyelashes (Go to: goo.gl/RGlIF). Allergan applied for and received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to market Latisse for eyelash growth and is now looking to do the same for baldness.
“Hair loss is a significant issue for many of my patients, both men and women,” says Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. It’s important to keep in mind that Latisse is being offered as a treatment for baldness and not a cure. The drug only works so long as you are using it; once you stop hair will fall out.”
It was only recently that researchers confirmed the cause of male pattern baldness. It was determined that an overproduction of the hormone Prostaglandin D2 could shut down hair follicles and thereby preventing hair growth.
So long as the hair follicle is still in the production stage, Latisse has been shown to be effective in stimulating hair growth. Avodart, a drug developed to treat prostate issues, has also unexpectedly been found to stimulate hair growth. According to the report, the men involved in the study showed an average increase of 96 hairs per one-inch diameter of scalp examined after six months. The makers of Avodart are seeking FDA approval to market the drug specifically to treat hair loss.
“I’ve been prescribing Latisse since its introduction to the market,” says Dr. Ourian, “and I fully expect Allergan will do all the research necessary to get approval for marketing it as a hair loss drug. I’m not as familiar with Avodart but I look forward to reviewing the published studies and its FDA approval.”
About Epione Beverly Hills
Epione Beverly Hills has been a leader in minimally-invasive aesthetic medicine and laser technology. Products offered include Botox, Radiesse, Sculptra, Restylane, and Juvéderm. Procedures are available to treat or reverse conditions such as wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, skin discoloration, acne and acne associated scars. More information about hair loss can be found on their website.