should use Rogaine?
Rogaine (Minoxidil) solution or foam applied to the
scalp is used to hair regrowth in adult men (and women) with a certain
type of hair loss. Not all the types of hair loss benefit from Rogaine
treatment. Rogaine may be used to treat male pattern baldness in
patients who are experiencing gradually thinning hair on the top of the
head. This type of baldness is called "androgenetic alopecia". A
typical drawing of that kind of baldness and its phases are given at
the right-sided column. This kinf of baldness caused by harmful effect
of male hormone testosteron (specifically DHT) on hair follicles. Of
note that some women also experience this kind of hair loss. This type
of hair loss problem is mostly inherited.
Although Rogaine does not directly aim to block the
harmful effect of male hormones on hair follicles, it was proven that
its effect on follicles is beneficial. Of note that, its effect is
mostly observed at the top of the head, not at the forehead. So, use men's
Rogaine only for baldness at the top.
If your hair loss follows a different pattern, for
example it is patchy, you may have a disease which need to be treated.
If you suffer hair loss very recently and have another symptoms like
weight loss, sweating, or fever, consult your doctor before Rogaine use.
should NOT use Rogaine?
Do not use Rogaine if the scalp is damaged,
irritated, or sunburned. If you have heart disease, take the opinion of
your doctor, because it may affect the heart.
can I get Rogaine?
the US, Rogaine is available without a prescription. In Canada, this
medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription. To learn
how to get it, click where to
form of Rogaine is good for me?
Minoxidil is available
both the brand name
and in many generic forms. Usually Rogaine
comes in two strengths. Regular strength contains a 2% solution of
minoxidil and extra strength contains a 5% solution. While men can use
either solution, and the stronger solution may be more effective, women
should only use the 2% solution. Rogaine is also sold in two forms:
solution and foam. They are equally effective. Some people finds foam
is easier to use.
should I use Rogaine?
Rogaine exactly as directed in the package labeling. Consult your
pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain if necessary. The steps:
1. Dry your hair and scalp before applying the
solution (or foam).
2. Apply the prescribed amount, usually 1 ml, to
the affected areas of the scalp.
3. Wash your hands after applying Rogaine.
4. Do not shampoo your hair for
4 hours after applying minoxidil.
5. Use Rogaine twice daily, in the morning and at
Rogaine at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Of course,
keep it away from the reach of children, like all medicines.
Do not use a hairdryer to dry the scalp after you
apply the solution. That may cause the treatment is less effective.
Allow the minoxidil to completely dry for 2 to 4
hours after applying it, before going to bed. Minoxidil can stain
clothing, hats, or bed linen if your hair is not fully dry.
if I miss a dose?
couple of hours, use the missed dose when you remember. However, if it
almost time for the next dose, skip that dose and use the next
regularly scheduled dose. Do not double the dose of Rogaine to
compensate the missing.
Do not use Rogaine on any part of your body other
than your scalp.
Do not use other topical products on your scalp
during treatment with this medication, unless otherwise directed by
your doctor. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before using any
prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.
Avoid getting Rogaine in the eyes, nose, or mouth.
If this occurs, rinse the area with water.
Do not use more than 2 ml of Rogaine in one day.
Higher doses will not increase hair growth but it may cause side
effects. If a very large dose is applied, or if the medication is
ingested, seek emergency medical care. Symptoms of a Rogaine overdose
are not exactly known but may include low blood pressure causing
fainting, dizziness, confusion; an irregular or fast heart rate;
headache; and redness of the skin.
If you experience any
of the following complaints, stop using Rogaine and look for medical
reactions which may cause difficulty in breathing, closing of the
throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face. That requires emergency
or very fast heartbeat
may observe itching, redness, dryness, or flaking of the scalp. That
may not require to stop using Rogaine necessarily. If you experience
them, consult your doctor.
I see the effects of Rogaine?
hair growth is going to occur with the use of Rogaine, it usually
occurs after several months (3 or 4 months) of usage. New hair is
usually soft, colorless, and barely visible. With further treatment,
the hair will become similar in color and thickness to existing hair.
If no hair growth is seen after 4 months of treatment, discontinuation
of Rogaine should be considered.
long should I use Rogaine?
It should be
does not cure baldness. That means, it does not change a person’s
predilection toward hair loss. It prevents and delays hair loss. The effect of Rogaine lasts only as long as the
medicine continues to be used. Nobody knows how
remains effective with continued use. Doctors believe some people using
Rogaine gradually develop a tolerance to it, causing the medication to
stop working after some years of usage. If treatment is discontinued, you lost the new
hairs you gained. They will usually be shed within a few months.
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