Researchers Find New Drug That Grows Human Hair
If you went bald years ago or if you are just starting the balding process, you may be able to regrow your hair with the help of a medication called bimatoprost. Bimatoprost is a medication used for glaucoma, but researchers found that it regrows hair!
In recent years, bimatoprost has been marketed and sold to lengthen eyelashes. However, recent research has shown that bimatoprost also has the ability to grow human hair on the scalp. The discovery was recently made by researchers Valerie Randall and colleagues at the University of Bradford in the UK.
Experiments Prove that Bimatoprost Regrows Hair
The scientists conducted three different clinical experiments. In the first two experiments, Randall took hair follicles from a human scalp along with human cells and placed them in a culture environment. With the third experiment, the researchers used mice subjects. They applied the bimatoprost to bald spots on the mice, and as a result, they found that the hair regrew in a short time period. Their experiments proved that the medication bimatoprost could regrow hair.
FDA Approval in the Works
The research team believes that their chances of getting the medication FDA approved are good, as it is already used by humans for glaucoma and eyelash lengthening. Of course, clinical studies on humans for hair regrowth using bimatoprost will have to be done first. Also, the researchers will need to make sure that bimatoprost does indeed work on the human scalp, and they must formulate a lotion or cream as a delivery system for the medication. To assure safety, they plan to study side effects, adverse reactions, and dose protocol.
Balding Man’s New Best Friend
Dubbed as the long-awaited follow up to Viagra, bimatoprost could be the balding, middle-aged man’s new best friend. Because this drug is being used daily by both men and women, experts already know it is both safe and effective. Now, the drug company just has to market it for hair regrowth on the scalp.
Balding men are excited about this new discovery, as are women. It could also possibly help chemotherapy patients regrow their hair faster. Only time will tell what wonderful things are possible with bimatoprost, a medication that has been on the market since 2008.
Randall, V. et al. (2012). The prostamide-related glaucoma therapy, bimatoprost, offers a novel approach for treating scalp alopecias. FASEB. DOI: 10.1096/fj.12-218156
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