3 Questions with Alive Pharmacist, Andy Murphy

What can you recommend for hair loss?

There is no cure for male-pattern baldness, but treatments can slow down the process.

Male-pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss and it is usually inherited. It is caused when hair follicles are oversensitive to testosterone. The 2 most effective treatments are medicines called minoxidil and finasteride.

Fortunately, Minoxidil is available without a prescription from your doctor. Minoxidil comes as a lotion that can be rubbed into the scalp and can be purchased through your pharmacist over-the-counter.

 You can also improve the health of your hair follicles by:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Avoiding shampoos containing harsh chemicals (choose organic shampoos)
  • Eating more calcium for healthy hair


My partner seems to be acting strangely, what can I do?

Men feel uncomfortable talking about their emotions. So, if a male is feeling depressed or anxious, they won’t necessarily show it and they may try to hide it.

There are signs to look out for: moodiness, change in routine, and acting strangely.

You don't have to say anything clever or have all the answers, but you do need to listen. Start with a conversation and ask if they’re doing okay.

Is there anything over-the-counter to help with erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can have a range of causes, both physical and psychological. It is usually a combination of both. Sometimes there is no clear cause.

Many men experience erection problems from time to time. First the underlying health conditions needs to be identified and treated. You will need to consult your doctor.

A change of lifestyle such as eating a healthier diet and exercising regularly is generally recommended as well. There are also a number of complementary and alternative medicines available through our pharmacies as well.

Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk to your pharmacist about any issues you may have.

We’re here to help.

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