Knowing when not to prescribe

To prescribe or not to prescribe

Knowing when not to prescribe a medication is just as important as knowing when to prescribe it.

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Should be 24 year old male with male balding and severe depression be prescribed finasteride? What about the the 57 year old male with male pattern balding and unstable angina. Can he use minoxidil?  Should the 31 year old female with folliculitis decalvans on isotretinoin also receive doxycycline? Should the 45 year old female with lichen planopilaris and pre-existing retinopathy receive hydroxychloroquine?  The answer to all of these questions is no.

Knowing when not to prescribe a medication is just as important as knowing when to prescribe it.


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299



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