Head-to-head comparisons: Dermatologists rank efficacy of alopecia drugs

The researchers have suggested the agents and dosages most likely to work for men with hair loss

The 5-alpha reductase inhibitors dutasteride and finasteride are more effective than minoxidil in treating male androgenetic alopecia, a comprehensive head-to-head analysis of hair regrowth treatments shows.

Oral dutasteride also trumps finasteride in increasing total hair count, the Canadian researchers say, given its higher potency and extended half-life.

They added, however, that it remains an off-label treatment for male baldness in many countries, including the US and