Types of Side Effects and FDA Regulations (cont.)
Louise Chang, MD
Dr. Chang completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University and attended medical school at New York Medical College. She completed her internal medicine residency at Saint Vincent's Hospital in New York City, where she also served as a chief resident from 2001-2002. Dr. Chang is board-certified in internal medicine.
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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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Last Editorial Review: 8/11/2009
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