Rogaine

(minoxidil)

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Treats hair loss.

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Rogaine (minoxidil) can improve hair loss, but may not work for everyone.

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Quick facts about Rogaine
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (minoxidil)

Upsides

  • Is available over-the-counter and as a less expensive generic product.
  • You only need to apply this twice a day.
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Downsides

  • Cannot be used for frontal baldness.
  • Is not as effective on hair loss that is old or large in area. You should use Rogaine (minoxidil) at the first sign of hair loss.
  • Does not work on hair loss that is due to medications (such as chemotherapy), nutritional problems, or certain medical conditions.
  • Is not a permanent solution for hair loss. Once you stop using Rogaine (minoxidil), hair loss will occur again within 3 to 6 months.
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How it works

Rogaine (minoxidil) is a vasodilator, meaning it widens the blood vessels. It stimulates hair growth by widening the blood vessels and providing better blood flow to the hair follicles.

Quick facts about Rogaine
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (minoxidil)

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Dosage forms

  • Solution
  • Foam
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What to expect when you take Rogaine (minoxidil) for Treats hair loss

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  • Possible side effects
  • Itching
  • Skin redness
  • Hair color changes
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Side effect rates for Rogaine (minoxidil)

Risks and Warnings for Rogaine (minoxidil)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Heart problems

    Rogaine (minoxidil) can affect your heart, especially if you have heart problems. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using if you have heart problems. Stop using and speak to your doctor if you notice chest pain or rapid heartbeats.