Say No to Minoxidl and Finasteride

Is Minoxidil Better than Finasteride?

Two of the most popular pharmaceutical medicines for combating hair loss--Minoxidil and Finasteride—have been in competition since 1997, when Finasteride was introduced to the market. In spite of being competitors, these two drugs are different in their course of action when it comes to combating hair loss. At 101, we strongly discommend their usage because of the severe side effects they carry. We will compare them here, just for the sake of knowledge and helping customer in understanding the risk, these two drugs carry.

Finasteride course of action

Finasteride, rather than being a hair loss medicine, is more of a hormone inhibitor that is taken as a pill. Finasteride, working indirectly, blocks the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, which is responsible for converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. Once dihydrotestosterone, the principal cause of male hair loss pattern is reduced, the subsequent hair loss reduces too.


It is not fully understood how Minoxidil works. Minoxidil is believed to act as a potassium channel opener, which causes hyperpolarization of cell membranes, promoting hair regrowth. Minoxidil is less effective than Finasteride, and unlike it, Minoxidil is applied to the affected area in the form of foam or gel, rather being taken as a pill.

Effectiveness compared to Minoxidil

Finasteride requires a prescription (because of severe side effects) and is a more potent drug, in comparison to Minoxidil. In clinical trials, Finasteride achieved an 80% success rate while Minoxidil could only work for 52%.

In everyday treatments, these two drugs are generally prescribed to be taken together, dubbed as “dynamic duo”.

The harsh reality of these two: Side effects

Not many people who take these drugs are aware of the potential side effects that these drugs carry. The potent nature and 80% success rate that Finasteride proclaims, proudly, comes at a cost—side effects: erectile dysfunction, impotence, and testicular pain.

Minoxidil, although not that harmful, doesn’t go very far when it comes to side effects, either. The common side effects of Minoxidil include severe allergic reactions, chest pain, dizziness, fainting, tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), sudden and unexplained weight gain, or swelling of the hands and feet. On an ironic note, Hair loss, something this drug is purported to treat, is rather its common side effect. You can only imagine why people keep relying on them.

That is why, at 101, we always try to educate hair loss sufferers to stay away from Pharma based treatment.

The 101 Treatment’s Ideology

We believe hair loss is often a symptom of an internal medical disorder and requires a specific treatment. It requires addressing all relevant internal causes of hair loss while not forgetting about external ones.

Therefore, we address both external and internal factors in order to adjust body imbalances, to activate hair follicles, to improve the hair and scalp environment, and to enhance hair nourishment. All that using the safest way--natural/herbal based treatment solution based on ancient Chinese medicine. The same medicine, which was used by Chinese emperor, Jia Jing of Ming Dynasty, for improving his fertility, health, and life expectancy.