Treatment strategies for alopecia

Antonella Tosti, Bruna Duque-Estrada

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Background: Hair loss is a very common complaint and dermatologists should be able to make the correct diagnosis of different types of alopecia and choose the best therapeutic strategy according to patients' and doctors' expectations. Objective: To review treatment of the most common forms of hair loss. Methods: Literature review and expert opinion. Conclusion: There is good evidence based information for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. There are very few randomized good quality studies and no information about long-term results for most of the available treatments for alopecia areata and cicatricial alopecias. Treatment of alopecia areata and cicatricial alopecias is, therefore, selected in the absence of precise information on the expected outcome and treatment failure is common.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1017-1026
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Alopecia areata
  • Androgenetic alopecia
  • Cicatricial alopecia
  • Corticosteroids
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Dissecting folliculitis
  • Finasteride
  • Folliculitis decalvans
  • Hair loss
  • Hydroxychloroquine
  • Isotretinoin
  • Lichen planopilaris
  • Minoxidil
  • Scalp
  • Topical immunotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology


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