Men's Rogaine

Who 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.

Who 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.

How can I get Rogaine?

In 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 buy rogaine?

What form of Rogaine is good for me?

Minoxidil is available both the brand name Rogaine 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.

How should I use Rogaine?

Use 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 night.

Keep 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.

What if I miss a dose?

In a couple of hours, use the missed dose when you remember. However, if it is          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.

Rogaine side effects

If you experience any of the following complaints, stop using Rogaine and look for medical attention:

  • allergic reactions which may cause difficulty in breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face. That requires emergency medical attention:

  • dizziness or lightheadedness

  • chest pain

  • irregular or very fast heartbeat

You 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.

When I see the effects of Rogaine?

If 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.

How long should I use Rogaine?

It should be noted that Rogaine 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 long Rogaine 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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