如何防止脱发以及重新生发，虽然从古代开始就有各种尝试，但至今并无真正的特效药。目前两类较常见的药物是外用 minoxidil 「米诺地尔」和口服 finasteride「非那雄胺」。
泰国 Mahidol University 2014年发表的论文（简介参见 NIH 官网）得出结论：男性脱发最佳药物为口服 finasteride 和外用 minoxidil；女性脱发的最佳药物是外用 minoxidil。原文为：“An assessment of the evidence quality of current publications indicates that oral finasteride (for men only) and topical minoxidil (for men and women) are the best treatments of AGA.” 这两类药物都是基于其他研究和用药中偶然发现的副作用。
1950 年代，Upjohn Company 测试用 minoxidil 治疗口腔溃疡，并没有成效，却发现它可以扩张血管；在接下来测试用于高血压的时候，又无意中发现它有促进毛发增长的副作用。经过更多测试后，Upjohn Company 遂将 minoxidil 研制为生发药物，并于1988年获得美国 FDA 批准用于治疗男性脱发和秃顶，这就是如今最常见的生发药物洛健 Rogaine。Upjohn Company 后被辉瑞公司收购，就是做伟哥的那家公司。
1991 年 Upjohn 据此推出了 Rogaine。1996年，FDA 批准将 minoxidil 作为 OTC 药物，无需处方即可购买。
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Finasteride 也称非那斯特莱，原本用于治疗前列腺肥大。皮肤中有些雄性荷尔蒙可导致脱发，而 finasteride 可以阻止这些雄性荷尔蒙的产生，从而防止或减轻脱发。
下面是美国卖得不错的「防脱发」洗护产品和「生发保健品」，很多顾客好评，说明有些人用过之后可能出现了改善，然而其效果并未经过 FDA 评估和批准，只能说因人而异。
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此类洗护产品的主要成分是 biotin 生物素和 keratin 角蛋白、蓖麻油和其他各种精油；而生发保健品的主要成分是各种维他命、生物素和锌、碘等矿物质，原因是某些脱发可能是由于营养不良引起，若你的脱发问题并不是因为缺乏维生素或矿物质，那么此类保健品的功效可能有限。
美国常见的「生发」洗发水（Hair Regrowth Shampoo）有 Maple Holistics 生物素洗发水、Ultrax Labs 咖啡因洗发水、PURA D’OR 增发洗发水、Pronexa 生发洗发水、Honeydew 抗脱发洗发水等。