Many of you are asking us what we know about this new online business touting a thing called “The Hairy Pill” so we thought we would do some digging for you.
Firstly, The Hairy Pill’s website presents a paradox:
The home page claims
“Get your personalised hair loss solution in under five minutes. We provide treatment for both men and women with Australian doctors, pharmacists and patented technology. You just fill out the form online. “
The Terms and Conditions page states
“We are not doctors and we are not pharmacists. We have arrangements with registered doctors and registered pharmacists who we connect you with in order for the doctors to consider whether or not to prescribe the hair loss treatment (based on the medical information you provide via our website) and, if appropriate, prepare and forward a prescription to a pharmacist to prepare and dispense the hair loss treatment.
The fee you pay us includes an amount which we receive on behalf of the doctors and pharmacists involved in assessing, prescribing, consulting, counselling, preparing and dispensing and is paid to them on your behalf.”
Good so now we’ve cleared that up. Perhaps the home page claim is just a teensy bit misleading.
So here’s what we do know: The Hairy Pill website is simply a referral website which uses online marketing tactics to capture people who are searching the internet for a hair loss solution, to funnel them through to an online doctor. At the point of filling out the form, the participant may have no idea who that doctor is, whether he is qualified in hair loss or what the pill is. (In fairness, this information is on the web site, although well hidden).
So many hairy questions!
Here is what we have been able to uncover:
The Doctor behind the pill is very well known in the hair loss treatment world. He has over 30 years experience in this area and has been involved in many reputable clinical trials. It is certainly curious that such a highly regarded physician would consider being behind or involved in any way, with this online marketing ploy.
What's in the hairy pill?
The Hairy Pill is basically low dose oral minoxidil. There are a few clinical trials that have shown that oral minoxidil performs better than the topical version, which makes sense.
For men, they seem to mix it with finasteride (Propecia) as well as some other vitamins like biotin, zinc etc and for women they mix the minoxidil with spironolactone, no doubt with similar hair growth and other hair health vitamins.
They may also offer the minoxidil on its own, particularly if other medications or health conditions contraindicate the other ingredients.
Oral minoxidil is not without its side effects, as is finasteride. But no doubt this is all discussed at great length and in great detail with every potential candidate.
According to Healthline https://www.healthline.com/health/minoxidil-oral-tablet
Side effects of oral minoxidil can include:
- changes in facial and body hair, in both men and women (unsurprisingly hair may become darker and thicker, especially on the face and upper body)
MORE SEVERE (but rarer):
- increased heart rate
- rapid weight gain of more than 5 pounds
- trouble breathing, especially when you lie down
- new or worsening pain in your chest, arms, or shoulders or a feeling of severe indigestion
- dizziness, light headedness, or feeling faint
Finasteride is also not without side effects including erectile dysfunction in men. It is not recommended by the US FDA for use by women.
As with all these hair growth medications, they work for some and not for others.
The Hairy Pill costs and the fine print:
According to their website’s fine print, you will be charged $275 when you sign up and then assuming you go ahead with the consultation and the pills, your credit card will be automatically charged $75 every two months for supply, initially and then every month, until you cancel it, which you can do at any time.
Of course, the usual disclaimers are also there including that The Hairy Pill people do not guarantee anything. They don’t guarantee the pill will work, they don’t guarantee that you won’t have adverse reactions, all the usual legal disclaimers to ensure there is no liability for them.
So there you have it. While the website claims to be open about their ingredients, they have not listed them anywhere. The reason is that Google will not allow any web page that mentions a drug, to advertise on Google. Since this is a marketing ploy website, they need Google! Hence you will not find the ingredients listed anywhere.
This analysis is completely independent, we have no reason to steer you away from giving this a try (if you are in Australia, they don’t allow overseas participants), rather, just taking some of the guess work out of it for you.
By all means, if the cost is within your means and you want to try something which has a high chance of working, then give this a go.
We can definitely confirm that, the doctor they have listed on their website, as the man behind the pill, is very impressive and of the highest standing.