Ell-Cranell (alfatradiol 250 mcg/ml)  100 ml hair lotion (as Pantostin)


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Ell-Cranell (alfatradiol 250 mcg/ml)  100 ml bottle 1 month supply
(same composition as Pantostin) 

Ell-Cranell  alfa is a topical hair loss application popular mainly in Germany. Its sole active ingredient is alfatradiol. Ell-Cranell alpha is almost identical to Pantostin. Both Pantostin and Ell-Cranell alpha are said to protect hair follicles from the harmful attacks of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), without any negative hormonal impact. Hence, they can be used by both men and women. These products usually have very good tolerance but they are considered to be relatively weak DHT inhibitors. Therefore, they seem to be more suitable as a treatment for women, who have fewer options when it comes to treating hereditary baldness. It is assumed that alfatradiol-based products can slow the balding process but they should not be expected to regrow lost hair. Consumer reviews are few and only available in German.

Alfatradiol as a Treatment for Female Pattern Hair Loss

Balding women  seemingly have fewer options when it comes to treating their hair loss  condition.   Currently, the only FDA approved hair loss treatment for women is Rogaine 2% (minoxidil).

But are  there other treatments for hair loss available to women?

A woman suffering from female pattern baldness recently asked about Alfatradiol, the active ingredient found in a medication called Pantostin on our hair restoration forum.

After doing some research, I found that Alfatradiol 0.025% topical solution has been approved for those suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia (genetic hair loss) as a hair loss medication for both safety and efficacy in Germany along with Rogaine (minoxidil).   Alfatradiol is available without prescription and can be found in German pharmacies.   Alfatradiol  is not approved as a hair loss drug  nor seemingly available  in the United States.

A clinical study performed in Germany seemed to reveal that Alfatradiol may perform well at slowing down or stopping the progression of hair loss whereas minoxidil  proved to increase hair density and overall hair shaft thickness.

The study can be found below:


Comparison of the efficacy and safety of topical minoxidil and topical alfatradiol in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in women:


Two drugs which are approved for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia  in women in Germany were compared with regard to their influence on hair growth.


Patients were randomized to group I (n = 52) who used 2% minoxidil solution twice daily for a period of 12 months or to group II (n = 51) who used 0.025% alfatradiol solution once daily for 6 months and were then switched to 2% minoxidil solution for months 7-12. Changes in hair growth parameters were determined using the TrichoScan.


Topical treatment with 2% minoxidil solution for 6 months resulted in a significant increase of cumulative hair thickness (p < 0.0001) and absolute hair density (p < or = 0.0025), whereas these parameters of hair growth remained nearly unchanged after 6 months of treatment with alfatradiol solution. Evaluation of the same parameters from month 7 to month 12 demonstrated that 12 months minoxidil treatment resulted in an increasing stabilization (group I). After the alfatradiol –>minoxidil switch in group II a significant increase in cumulative hair thickness (p < 0.0001) and absolute hair density (p < 0.0001) was achieved. Both study medications were well tolerated.


Treatment with minoxidil can induce an increase in hair density and hair thickness, whereas treatment with alfatradiol results in deceleration or stabilization of hair loss.


The study above seems to present that minoxidil is superior to alfatradiol in that it has the potential to regrow hair whereas alfatradiol may have the potential to stabilize an existing hair loss  condition.

Alfatradiol however, does not appear to be  available for purchase  at this time in the United States.


per 1 ml of solution:

0,25 mg Alfatradiol

+ Isopropanol

+ Glycerol

+ Inositol

+ Water


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