|Title:|| Method of treating androgenic alopecia with 5.alpha.-reductase inhibitors|
|Abstract:||The instant invention involves a method of treating and/or reversing androgenic alopecia and promoting hair growth, and methods of treating acne vulgaris, seborrhea, and female hirsutism, by administering to a patient in need of such treatment a 5.alpha.-reductase 2 inhibitor such as finasteride, in a dosage amount under 5 mgs/day.|
|Inventor(s):|| Gormley; Glenn J. (Westfield, NJ), Kaufman; Keith D. (Westfield, NJ), Stoner; Elizabeth (Westfield, NJ), Waldstreicher; Joanne (Scotch Plains, NJ) |
|Assignee:|| Merck & Co., Inc. (Rahway, NJ) |
|Filing Date:||Jun 22, 1998|
|Claims:||1. A method of treating female hirsutism comprising orally administering to a female person in need of such treatment the 5.alpha.-reductase 2 inhibitor 17.beta.-(N-tert-butyl-carbamoyl)-4-aza-5.alpha.-androst-1-ene-3-one in a dosage amount of from about 0.01 to 3.0 mg/day. |
2. The method according to claim 1 wherein the dosage amount is from about 0.05 to 1.0 mg/day.
3. The method according to claim 1 wherein the dosage amount is about 0.2 mg/day.
4. The method according to claim 1 wherein the dosage amount is about 1.0 mg.