Androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, is the leading cause of baldness in men. Androgen, a naturally occurring hormone in men, both causes the production of testosterone (the male hormone) and androgenic compounds (including testosterone), which deplete androgens in the body. Testosterone deficiency can result in a number of symptoms including diminished libido, decreased bone density, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. As these androgen deficiencies progress over time, the hair loss may become severe enough that it requires testosterone replacement therapy. Androgenic alopecia often begins during childhood or adolescence, but some cases have been reported in older men, even elderly men. Learn more about NovaGenix.
Androgenic alopecia, also called male pattern baldness, commonly occurs in men with low testosterone due to genetic or metabolic factors. It frequently affects men with high scalp ratios (androgenic alopecia is more common in men with higher than normal levels of hair density on the top of the scalp). Androgenic alopecia can also be caused by using certain medications, such as anabolic steroids and nitroglycerine, and/or by using some medications including diuretics, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and beta blockers. Androgenic alopecia therapy can also be prescribed to counteract the side effects of male pattern baldness caused by low testosterone due to other causes. Common side effects include anxiety, insomnia, depression, irritability, hot flashes, increased muscle mass or fat deposits, decreased libido, decreased energy, decreased sex drive, and high blood pressure.
Like all medications, there are possible risks with androgenic-alopecia therapy. Some studies have reported an increased risk of heart problems, stroke, blood clots, and sexual dysfunction. These risks should be monitored and information obtained from your physician before proceeding with any testosterone replacement therapy regimen. It is also important to note that many of these side effects can be prevented by carefully screening patients prior to scheduling a treatment. Also, while these drugs are generally safe, they can cause some serious side effects, especially if dosages are taken beyond the recommended dosage.