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Types of Side Effects and FDA Regulations (cont.)

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Drug Side Effects: Surprising Results

But not every side effect is a bad one. Some are downright welcome. Take finasteride. Introduced in 1992 to treat noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, it was found to regrow hair. Today, millions of men use a low dose of finasteride to treat male pattern baldness. A similar thing happened with minoxidil. Originally marketed as an oral tablet for high blood pressure in the 1970s, it was found to grow hair in those using it. Today, as a topical lotion or foam, it is a popular over-the-counter remedy for baldness.

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FDA. National Library of Medicine.
www.nader.org.
MedicineNet.


Last Editorial Review: 8/11/2009



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