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    Drug used to grow eyelashes also helps scalp hair growth

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    There are some conditions that can cause eye lashes to shed faster than they can grow back. Some of these conditions might be temporary, such as stress or thyroid disorder that has not been treated. Or maybe you or someone you know just wants longer and thicker eyelashes. There is a prescription medication available at some compounding pharmacies called latanaprost which can increase the growth and thickness of eyelashes. Recent studies have shown that latanaprost also helps thicken head hair and may be a good option for those experiencing pattern hair loss. Since compounding pharmacies are still somewhat unknown in conventional medicine, the medications they offer are also unknown. The compounders who offer latanaprost usually supply it in 3ml-5ml applicators for around $60-$90. If applying to eye lashes 3.5ml lasts 3 months aprox. This is a much better price than the commercially available Latisse. You can fill out the pharmacy referral form on ExcelMale.com to receive a list of compounders who offer latanaprost. Most compounding pharmacies can provide an order form to make it easy to request a prescription from your doctor, don't hesitate to ask for assistance.

    Here is some basic info regarding latanaprost

    Latanaprost is a prescription medication which contains the active ingredient of the same name. Originally approved to treat glaucoma, it is also prescribed off-label to promote the growth of eyelashes. Similar to the active ingredient found in the popular eyelash medication Latisse, latanaprost is found to be more tolerable to the eye therefore reducing the chance of experiencing the side effects commonly associated with Latisse (bimatoprost). Latanoprost has recently been discovered to stimulate eyelash growth and is also used as treatment for alopecia of the eyelashes. Eyelash growth enhancers not only lengthen lashes, they make them thicker as well. Additional rows of hair grow and the color becomes darker. What once were vellus hairs now become terminal hairs. Vellus hair refers to the ones that are thin and barely noticeable; with prostaglandin analogs like latanoprost and bimatoprost, these become terminal, meaning, thicker and longer. Latanoprost stimulates resting hair (resting hair is in the phase called telogen) to re-enter the anagen or growth phase of hair. To give you a better understanding, there are actually 4 phases of hair growth; namely, anagen (3-6 years), catagen/transition phase (1-2 weeks), telogen (5-6 weeks) and return to anagen. Latanoprost works on the dermal papilla and boosts the return to anagen phase. Scientists have also observed that hair follicles become bigger and the growth phase is prolonged.
    What are the Side Effects?

    If latanaprost accidentally comes in contact with your eyeball, it may irritate and cause it to redden which medical professionals call conjunctival hyperemia. Your iris and nearby skin can get darker, too. The discoloration of nearby skin usually reverses when the medication is discontinued. Latanaprost can be compounded with additional ingredients which aid in reducing eye redness and irritation commonly associated with other eyelash medications.


    For eyelash growth, latanaprost will be applied to the upper eyelid directly above the eyelashes. Be sure to review and follow the instructions provided by your doctor and pharmacy.
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    Study: Latanaprost may be a viable hair loss medication


    A double-blind scientific study published in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has found that latanoprost, a drug that mimics naturally-derived compound molecules called prostaglandins, significantly increases hair density on the scalp after 24 weeks of treatment in young men with mild hair loss.
    Latanoprost, like the eyelash restoration drug bimatoprost (better-known by its brand name Latisse), has been used to treat glaucoma. And like bimatoprost, latanoprost has been used to treat eyelash alopecia. The scientists who conducted the study sought to determine if latanoprost could stimulate hair growth when applied topically on the scalp.
    While the sample size of the study was small (only 16 subjects), the researchers found that 50% of the subjects had statistically significant differences in hair density associated with increased hair pigmentation and thickness. Overall, at 24 weeks into the study, hair density had increased 22% in the entire study population. Another interesting finding is that the proportion of hairs in the anagen phase versus the telogen phase — referred to as the anagen/telogen ratio — remained stable. The authors of the study describe the significance of this finding:
    “The stabile anagen/telogen ratio might indicate that latanoprost does not modify the length of anagen and telogen phases of individual hair follicles. However, as the absolute number of both anagen and telogen hair increased, it seems latanoprost recruits new hairs into the growth phase.”
    In conclusion, the authors suggest that the study shows the possibilities of using prostaglandin analogues, like latanoprost, to treat androgenetic alopecia, or common hair loss on the scalp. More research is needed on latanoprost, or other prostaglandin analogues, to determine the ideal dosage and duration of treatment for hair loss.
    Latisse, the brand owned by American pharmaceutical company Allergan, is currently as a topical hair loss medication. The study concluded September 2012

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    Study: Latanaprost may be a viable hair loss medication


    A double-blind scientific study published in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has found that latanoprost, a drug that mimics naturally-derived compound molecules called prostaglandins, significantly increases hair density on the scalp after 24 weeks of treatment in young men with mild hair loss.
    Latanoprost, like the eyelash restoration drug bimatoprost (better-known by its brand name Latisse), has been used to treat glaucoma. And like bimatoprost, latanoprost has been used to treat eyelash alopecia. The scientists who conducted the study sought to determine if latanoprost could stimulate hair growth when applied topically on the scalp.
    While the sample size of the study was small (only 16 subjects), the researchers found that 50% of the subjects had statistically significant differences in hair density associated with increased hair pigmentation and thickness. Overall, at 24 weeks into the study, hair density had increased 22% in the entire study population. Another interesting finding is that the proportion of hairs in the anagen phase versus the telogen phase — referred to as the anagen/telogen ratio — remained stable. The authors of the study describe the significance of this finding:
    “The stabile anagen/telogen ratio might indicate that latanoprost does not modify the length of anagen and telogen phases of individual hair follicles. However, as the absolute number of both anagen and telogen hair increased, it seems latanoprost recruits new hairs into the growth phase.”
    In conclusion, the authors suggest that the study shows the possibilities of using prostaglandin analogues, like latanoprost, to treat androgenetic alopecia, or common hair loss on the scalp. More research is needed on latanoprost, or other prostaglandin analogues, to determine the ideal dosage and duration of treatment for hair loss.
    Latisse, the brand owned by American pharmaceutical company Allergan, is currently as a topical hair loss medication. The study concluded September 2012
    Do you guys include Latisse in any of your topical products for the scalp (not eyelash)?

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    My girl uses this to grow eyelashes ( bimatoprost) , it really works.

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    I have been trying Bimatoprost (Bimat) for the past 4 weeks now. Lumigan (Latisse is same drug, but marketed specifically for eye lash growth) is the Allergen trade name for bimataprost eye drops. The results so far is not terrific but however the hair seems to have gotten thicker visibly.

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