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New FDA-Approved Alopecia Drug Helps Restores Hair Growth in Many Patients
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New FDA-Approved Alopecia Drug Helps Restores Hair Growth in Many Patients

The drug can be taken orally which can prove revolutionary as most of the treatments related to the disorder are painful and intrusive.

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Though alopecia affects people of various races and ethnicities all around the world, an effective therapy has been hard to come by. According to Medical News Today, "Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune disorder that often results in unpredictable hair loss." According to a research titled Epidemiology and burden of alopecia areata: A systematic review, this autoimmune disorder affects approximately 2% of the population in the world. Despite the condition being incurable, medical science has been continuously researching different treatment options for the disorder. Olumiant, the first systemic treatment for alopecia areata, was recently authorized by the FDA. Eli Lilly and Company received FDA clearance for Olumiant.

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The drug, which is taken orally without the involvement of needles, works by interfering with the body's jumbled messages instructing it to attack hair follicles. After 36 weeks, between 32% and 35% of patients who got the higher of two tested dosages had enough hair to cover 80% of their scalp, according to the clinical trial. Despite adverse effects such as respiratory infections, acne, high cholesterol, headaches, tiredness, urinary tract infections, and more, this shows the potential of being a promising treatment tract for the disorder. 

Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.