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JAMA Dermatology Clinical Evidence Synopsis
March 2017

Interventions for Female Pattern Hair Loss

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands
  • 2Bahrain Branch of Cochrane, Awali, Bahrain
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(3):329-330. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.5790

Clinical Question  Which interventions are effective and safe for treating female pattern hair loss (FPHL)?

Bottom Line  There was low- to moderate-quality evidence that topical minoxidil (2% and 5%) was associated with improvements in FPHL. There was low-quality evidence that finasteride was no more effective than placebo. There were inconsistent results from studies that laser devices were effective, but total hair count increased compared with baseline (moderate- to low-quality evidence). Most treatments were not associated with higher adverse event rates than placebo.

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