Alopecia Areata Bexarotene Gel
One of the newest treatments for alopecia areata is Alopecia areata bexarotene Gel.
This new topical treatment, prescribed in one percent strength seems to manifest great success with some alopecia sufferers.
Bexarotene is a treatment for T-cell lymphoma lesions. It is part of the retinoid family and inhibits the growth of the tumor.
The fact that it will also help to reverse the affects of alopecia areata is a plus!
Bexarotene Gel has a thirty percent hair growth response, according to the paper that was presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting in February, 2008, at San Antonio, Texas. We all know that there is no cure for alopecia, but wouldn't be nice if there was something that we could do about the hair loss?
The lead investigator Rakhshandra Talpur, MD, Instructor, Division of Internal Medicine, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas said "Currently, there is no cure for alopecia, and it is often refractory to treatment. So new treatment possibilities are especially welcome, we had a good response rate in this first-of-its-kind study. The treatment was well tolerated," She explains that the study looks at subcutaneous T-cell lymphoma and how Bexarotene (targetin gel) works for alopecia sufferers.
The trial for Alopecia areata bexarotene took place in 2007-2008. It was small trial, but the results were huge to people who have alopecia. Thirty percent of the respondents having positive results gave a great deal of hope to people suffering with alopecia.
As with most treatments for alopecia, there does seem to be some mild irritation to the skin, but this seems to be common with all treatments of alopecia areata. And like all treatments for alopecia, it takes time. Bexarotene takes up to six months to work. Patience is a virtue when it comes to these treatments.
Use Bexarotene As Prescribed
Bexarotene is not meant for children. It is not meant for pregnant women. If you are prescribed Bexarotene, remember to use sunscreen, as it can make you more photosensitive. You may want to up your vitamin A intake as Bexarotene can leach it out of you.
Always follow your doctor's instructions to the letter when using medications like this. If you are having any itching or redness where you are applying it, then stop and consult your doctor. If you are unsure about this medication and one of your other medications, talk to your doctor or your pharmacist.
They can help you. The important thing is that this is real hope. Alopecia areata sometimes seems like medicine's "dirty little secret" but Alopecia areata bexarotene may be shining a spot light on it.