Prostate drug stops hair loss

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 July, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 July, 1999, 12:00am

A drug developed to treat prostate problems has been found to stop hair loss, results of a study released yesterday showed.

The drug, finasteride, stopped hair loss in all 20 men featured in the Hong Kong study. Hair had also started to grow back in 59 per cent of the balding men.

The study, using finasteride to treat male pattern hair loss, was conducted by Dr Henry Chan, a dermatologist and associated professor at Chinese University.

Dr Chan said studies had previously only been conducted on Caucasians and research had been needed for the Hong Kong Chinese population.

He said finasteride was initially used for the treatment of enlarged prostates but had been found to be effective to counter balding.

Dr Chan said side effects were minimal.

One patient among the 20 had complained of having slow erections and migraines, but he continued to take the drug.