Dutasteride now available in New Zealand

For over ten years dutasteride has been available overseas as an alternative finasteride for treating benign prostatic hypertrophy and (off label) for male pattern hair loss. Up until now the original Avodart brand of dutasteride has been the only one available but not in New Zealand. However, in New Zealand, Avodart’s patent has expired and production and sale of the …

High dose biotin can alter blood test results

A recent study has highlighted the fact that biotin can alter some blood test results. Biotin (Vitamin B7)  is commonly used in high doses to boost hair growth. There is no good scientific evidence that it helps but there are plenty of patient reports of benefit. Most people have taken the position that high dose Biotin may help and does …

Allergy to Hair Dye

Probably the most powerful single thing that makes people look younger these days is hair dye. Not all men can pull it off but, when its done well, it makes a huge difference. But as this treatment has become more common the incidence of allergies has increased. Hair dye can either be: Temporary – eg that purple hair dye that …

Women’s Minoxidil – Are you paying too much

A recent report on the US medical website medscape.com documented the fact that women pay a higher price for 5% minoxidil foam than men do. Men’s and women’s 5% minoxidil foam are identical inside the can but carry different labelling. The men’s can usually states “NOT TO BE USED BY WOMEN.” The women’s can has a nicer label but, in …

The Latest on Platelet Rich Plasma and Low Level Light Therapy

Laser and LED light therapy has been around for over forty years but only recently has there been good medical research on the topic. Platelet Rich Plasma injections (as in the vampire facials) is a more recent development. Two medical journal reviews have been published on these emerging hair loss treatments. Both articles reviewed all the available clinical trials and …

Trial of a New Supplement

As you know there are a huge number of remedies out there which may help hair a small amount. Some are heavily hyped for a while and then disappear. Still every bit helps and we need to keep an open mind. I have had a few direct patient reports of the benefits to hair and nails of diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous …

See me in 2015

In 2015 I will need to meet everyone face to face again just to make sure everyone remains well and that their current treatment remains appropriate. If you live outside Auckland then please think about arranging a trip back to Auckland at some time during 2015 for a quick check up.

Generic Dutasteride Soon Available

Dutasteride is a stronger blocker of 5 alpha reductase than finasteride. It almost always gives better results than finasteride in men and in post menopausal women. Up until now the only legal form of dutasteride available in New Zealand has been the original name brand Avodart imported from overseas. That is about to change. New Zealand patent law gives 20 …

Minimise Hair Loss – Control Stress

Everyone seems to be having a busy, stressful 2015 so I thought I would remind everyone of the effects of stress on the hair and how to help minimise those effects. Stress aggravates hair loss. Stress has multiple hormonal effects on the body but the big one is an increase in levels of the stress hormone cortisol.  Cortisol leads to …

Minoxidil Safety Around Children

Minoxidil is the most effective drug for hair loss which does not act on the body’s hormones. It is especially effective for women. Like all medication it needs to be treated with respect and, when used to excess or in some very sensitive individuals, the topical formulation can lower blood pressure. There have been several reports coming out of Europe …