Drugs in Dermatology Finasteride in androgenic alopecia
Originally Published In
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
By definition, a drug is a medicine or substance that exerts a physiologic effect on an organism. In dermatology, various medications and substances are utilized on a daily basis, ranging from topical treatments to anesthetics in micrographic surgery. The purpose of this section is to focus on some of the more common substances, specifically how they work, how they are utilized, and their routine alternatives (if available). The mechanism of action, usage, and alternative options of the medication finasteride are discussed.