Avacor® is a hair care system of oral and topically applied products formulated to help slow the effects of hair loss. Avacor® products contain the drug, minoxidil, the herb, saw palmetto and obscure botanical nutrients. Avacor® is manufactured by Global Vision Products and claims to restore hair in both men and women. However, Avacor® has not been approved by the FDA, so its effects are questionable.
Minoxidil, also known as Rogaine®, is an FDA-approved medication for hair loss treatment. Minoxidil 2% solution is available over the counter without prescription for men and women to treat male or female pattern baldness. Minoxidil or Rogaine 2% is the only hair loss drug for women approved by the FDA. In 1987, Global Vision Products was sued by Upjohn (Rogaine manufacturer) for patent infringement. Furthermore, the FDA requires approval for all over-the-counter hair growth products containing medication. Avacor® has not passed the FDA process and has not been approved.
Global Vision Products claims to have conducted a study on Avacor's® hair growth effects. However, this unpublished study is poorly designed and is not peer reviewed or double-blind. Since the amount of each ingredient in the formula is not revealed, there is no way of knowing if there's enough minoxidil or saw palmetto in Avacor® to provide beneficial effects. The Better Business Bureau has alerted the Federal Trade commission about Avacor's® unsubstantiated claims.
Minoxidil's side effects can include minor symptoms such as scalp itching and irritation or a temporary increase in hair loss. Rare side effects can occur such as chest pain, faintness or dizziness, fast or irregular heart beat, sudden weight gain, or swollen face, hands or feet. The use of minoxidil may interfere with other medical problems or prescription drugs. You should consult with your doctor before using any product containing minoxidil.
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