Minoxidil (Rogaine) for Hair Loss

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Many people who experience hair loss problems may wish to use an over-the-counter (OTC) solution called minoxidil, popularly known by its brand name, Rogaine.

During the early 1950s, the Upjohn Company developed minoxidil as a potential treatment for  ulcers. After several tests, researchers discovered that minoxidil did not effectively treat or cure ulcers. Instead, clinical trials revealed that minoxidil functioned as a vasodilator, opening blood vessels and permitting blood to flow more freely.

During the late 1970s, the FDA authorized this compound to be distributed as Loniten in oral pill form. Since this time, Loniten has become the preferred treatment for patients with high blood pressure.

Through various tests and research, researchers further discovered that Loniten had a curious side effect, promoting additional hair growth. 

Researchers sought a new patent for the drug, which was eventually granted. The FDA later approved the drug to be sold via prescription as Rogaine in 1988, used primarily as a topical solution for hair loss in males. 

In 1991, drug developers formulated minoxidil for women. In 1996, Rogaine received approval for sale as an over-the-counter (OTC) drug. Today, Rogaine is well accepted as an OTC drug for hair loss treatment. 

Is Rogaine as effective as Propecia? What distinguishes it from Propecia?

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Contents

Understanding Minoxidil (Rogaine)
Drug Classification of Minoxidil
How Does Minoxidil Work?
Approved Uses of Minoxidil
Dosage for Minoxidil
How Do You Use Minoxidil to Treat Hair Loss?
Side Effects of Using Minoxidil
Does Rogaine (Minoxidil) Work for Hair Loss?
Are You Ready to Take the Next Step to Treat Hair Loss?
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Understanding Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Are you losing hair at a rate that’s higher than normal for you? Perhaps you’ve heard about minoxidil, or Rogaine, for hair loss. 

You can buy this popular hair loss treatment as an OTC drug in liquid or foam form. Minoxidil (Rogaine) exists under several brand names based on the retailer of the product: Equate (now privately owned by Walmart), Kirkland (Costco), or Well (Walgreens).

Minoxidil (Rogaine) for Hair Loss

Drug Classification of Minoxidil

Minoxidil is an antihypertensive drug, a vasodilator that opens blood vessels and allows blood to flow through the vessels more easily. Although originally intended to treat hypertension (it’s still used for this purpose), minoxidil is most often connected with hair regrowth, a side effect of this oral medication.

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How Does Minoxidil Work?

Vasodilators like minoxidil work by opening, or dilating…..

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How Do You Use Minoxidil to Treat Hair Loss?

Clean and dry your scalp before applying minoxidil…..

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Side Effects of Using Minoxidil

Talk to your doctor if you experience an allergic reaction…..

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Does Minoxidil (Rogaine) Work for Hair Loss?

Minoxidil (Rogaine) can assist with hair regrowth and…..

How Does Minoxidil Work?

Vasodilators like minoxidil work by opening, or dilating, blood vessels. By stimulating muscles in the walls of arteries and veins, vasodilators prevent muscles from contracting and the walls of arteries from constricting. As a result, blood can flow more easily through these opened blood vessels. 

The exact action mechanism for minoxidil as it relates to hair regrowth is not clear. However, researchers believe that minoxidil works by partially expanding hair follicles and opening blood vessels. As a result, blood flow courses through the hair follicles to help them function more efficiently and produce more hair. This blood vessel opening could explain why people who take oral minoxidil experience undesirable hair growth in certain parts of the body.

Approved Uses of Minoxidil

While topical minoxidil can treat hair loss caused by male pattern baldness in adults 18 years and older, oral minoxidil is specifically used to treat hypertension.

Dosage for Minoxidil

You can find topical minoxidil in OTC form in 2% and 5% formulations, available in liquid (scalp drops) and foam solutions. If you use the liquid minoxidil solution, you can apply 1 milligram of minoxidil to your scalp two times a day (no more than 2 milliliters per day), and a half-capful twice a day with the foam solution

How Do You Use Minoxidil to Treat Hair Loss?

Clean and dry your scalp before applying minoxidil. You can use minoxidil on damp hair but ensure your scalp is dry. 

To use the liquid form of minoxidil, fill the applicator with 1 milliliter of minoxidil, approximately 20 drops using an eyedropper. Part your hair in the area of thinning to expose it and apply the liquid solution evenly to this area of your scalp. Gently rub in the solution until your scalp completely absorbs the liquid. Allow the solution to dry completely before using styling products such as gels or mousse or before going to bed. 

To use the foam solution, follow the same application procedure as the liquid solution above. Apply about a half capful of foam to your scalp and gently rub in the foam. Let the foam dry thoroughly before going to bed or adding styling products to your hair. 

Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the foam or liquid solution. Do not get the medication in your eyes. If you do, rinse your eyes with cool water.

Do not use minoxidil on damaged skin (cuts, scrapes, or burns, including sunburn). Damaged skin will allow too much of the drug to get absorbed into your body, which may result in serious side effects. 

If you have damaged skin, allow the skin on your scalp to heal before using minoxidil treatments. 

You need to use this medication consistently for four to six months to obtain the best results. If your hair loss condition worsens or you don’t see any improvement after six months to one year, your doctor may recommend alternative hair loss treatments.

Side Effects of Using Minoxidil

Talk to your doctor if you experience an allergic reaction to using minoxidil. Minor side effects may occur at the application site. Side effects may include burning, stinging, or redness. These side effects generally cease on their own without any treatment. 

Call your doctor immediately if you notice any symptoms including the following:

  • Inflammation at the hair roots.
  • Increased hair loss. 
  • Unwanted facial or body hair growth. 
  • Swelling in the face or scalp. 
  • Changes in vision, such as blurriness or cloudiness.
  • Chest pain.
  • Severe dizziness. 
  • Fainting or feeling light-headed. 
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat. 
  • Rapid weight gain.
  • Frequent or persistent headaches. 
  • Difficulty breathing, especially when lying down.

Does Minoxidil (Rogaine) Work for Hair Loss?

Minoxidil (Rogaine) can assist with hair regrowth and slowing down hair loss. This drug is the most widely available treatment for male pattern baldness, available as an OTC drug.

Doctors use minoxidil as one part of many treatments for male pattern baldness, or in cases where finasteride does not result in a substantial amount of hair growth on the scalp. While some patients respond well to minoxidil, finasteride can be a highly effective nonsurgical option for many men. 

Before trying minoxidil, speak with your doctor. Your personal or family history may influence the likelihood of side effects, particularly if you have cardiac concerns.

Are You Ready to Take the Next Step to Treat Hair Loss?

If you’ve tried minoxidil and it is not producing results for you, you may decide to seek another solution for your hair loss. Contact us to schedule an initial consultation.

Our website offers information about additional hair loss treatments, such as follicular unit extraction. View our educational videos, see before-and-after treatment photos, and read reviews from our clients about our products and services. 

Give us a call to discuss hair restoration and treatment options with The Hair Transplant Center – Dallas today.