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Combination therapy for treating hair loss

Combination therapy can be an effective modality in treating hair loss for women and men.  In the recent published studies the combination of minoxidil and low level light therapy has been shown to be synergistic in treating hair loss.

It is important to note a single therapy can be effective.  Dual therapy should be considered if monotherapy fails or if a patient can be compliant with two therapies.

 Below are some studies regarding combination therapy:

1. Faghihi G, Mozafarpoor S, Asilian A, et al.  The effectiveness of adding low-level light therapy to minoxidil 5% solution in the treatment of patients with androgenetic alopecia.  Indian J. Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2018;84(5):547-553.

2. Esmat SM, Hegazy RA, Gawdat HI, et al.  Low level light-minoxidil 5% combination vs either therapeutic modality alone in management of female pattern hair loss: A randomized controlled study.  Lasers Surg Med 2017;49(9):835-843.

3. Liu Y, Jiang LL, Liu F, et al. Comparison of low-level light therapy and combination therapy of 5% minoxidil in the treatment of female pattern hair loss.  Lasers Med Sci. 2021;36(5):1085-1093. doi:10. 1007/s10103-020-03157-1.


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