What is Rogaine?
RogaineŽ (minoxidil) is a medicated lotion used to treat baldness or hair loss. It's available in 2% and 5% (lotion and foam) solutions that are applied to the scalp. In 1988, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved RogaineŽ for the treatment of hereditary male pattern baldness. The 2% solution is also approved for female pattern hair loss. To use RogaineŽ, apply it directly to hair-loss areas of the scalp twice daily. In medical research studies, 40% to 75% of men who used RogaineŽ for 12 months reported new hair growth. Among women who used it for eight months, 46% to 60% grew new hair.
Most common side effects
The most commonly reported side effects of RogaineŽ are itching and irritation on the treated areas of the scalp. Pregnant or nursing women should not use RogaineŽ. Also, people who are age 18 or younger should not use this product unless directed by a doctor. If you don't have a family history of hair loss, or if your hair loss is patchy or sudden, check with your doctor before trying RogaineŽ.
Drug interactions with RogaineŽ
There are several drug interactions with RogaineŽ and none of these drugs should be used with
RogaineŽ. Do not use RogaineŽ with topical corticosteroids, tretinoin (RenovaŽ and Retin-AŽ), or petrolatum (VaselineŽ).
These products may increase the absorption of RogaineŽ into the skin, increasing the risk of
side effects. Currently there are no known significant interactions with RogaineŽ and other
drugs or herbal treatments.
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