Minoxidil was originally developed to treat high blood pressure. Scientists later discovered Minoxidil also has the effect of slowing or stopping hair loss, so it is often prescribed for the treatment of androgenic alopecia. Although effective generic versions are also available, Minoxidil is marketed as Rogaine in pharmacies worldwide. No prescription is required for purchase.
For lasting and sustained results, it is necessary to use Minoxidil on a continuous basis. Unlike Finasteride (Propecia), Minoxidil is suitable for the treatment of both men and women, although it should not be prescribed for women who are pregnant or nursing.
For hair growth, Minoxidil is usually supplied as a topical solution. Rogaine’s line of Minoxidil products has grown from its original topical solution into a family of Minoxidil-based shampoos and foams. Dr. Wolf can recommend which Minoxidil product(s) would be most effective for your specific needs.
Minoxidil is applied directly to the areas of the scalp that are experiencing hair loss, ideally twice daily. To achieve the optimal effect, the solution should be in contact with the scalp for at least 4 hours before allowing hair to get wet.
Most Minoxidil users can expect to see results in four months. If results have not occurred after six months, Minoxidil use may be discontinued and other treatment options may be suggested. Minoxidil usage has no negative effect on hair transplants, and can be combined with other medicines as well.
Before taking Minoxidil it is important for you to:
- discuss any allergies you may have with your doctor and pharmacist
- make sure your doctor and pharmacist are aware of all other medications or supplements you are currently taking
- let your doctor know if you have or have ever had any serious illnesses
Using more than recommended amount of Minoxidil can increase the amount absorbed by the body, which can elevate the risk of dangerous blood pressure drops. It is essential to use Minoxidil only as it is prescribed.