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DRUG REVIEW
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-32

Serenoa repens: Does it have any role in the management of androgenetic alopecia?


Consultant Dermatologist, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Sundaram Murugusundram
Skin, Hair and Nail Clinic, 853, P.H. Road, Kilpauk, Chennai - 600 010, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.53097

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Serenoa repens is one among the many naturally occurring 5 alpha reductase (5aR) inhibitors which has gained popularity as a magical remedy for androgenetic alopecia. It is widely advertised on the web and sold by direct marketing. Used as a self-medication, there is a risk of missing the early detection of prostate cancer. There is little evidence to support its efficacy, warranting larger clinical trials on androgenetic alopecia.


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