Rogaine

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Generic Name: Rogaine Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Rogaine® (minoxidil topical) used for?

Rogaine® is used to help you regrow hair on your scalp. The exact way that minoxidil works is not known. It is possible that it dilates blood vessels in the scalp, which may improve hair follicle function and stimulate hair growth.

Rogaine® will not cause permanent regrowth of scalp hair. You must continue using the product to keep the regrowth of your hair.

How should I take Rogaine® (minoxidil topical)?

Use Rogaine® exactly as directed by your doctor or as directed in the package labeling. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Using more of this medicine than recommended will not speed up hair growth, and may cause dangerous side effects.

This medicine comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Dry your hair and scalp before applying Rogaine®.

Apply the recommended amount to the affected areas of the scalp. Rogaine® is usually applied twice daily, in the morning and at night.

Wash your hands after applying Rogaine®.

Use Rogaine® only on your scalp. Do not use on any other part of your body.

It may take up to 4 months or longer before you notice new hair growth. New hair may be soft, colorless, and barely visible. With further treatment, the hair should begin to have the same color and thickness as your existing hair.

Talk to your doctor if you do not see any hair growth after 4 months of treatment.

Keep the foam canister away from open flame or high heat, such as in a car on a hot day. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture or burn an empty canister.

How do I store Rogaine® (minoxidil topical)?

Rogaine® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Rogaine® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Rogaine® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Rogaine® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Rogaine® (minoxidil topical)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Rogaine® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Do not use Rogaine® if the skin on your scalp is red, swollen, irritated, or infected. This may allow more of the medication to be absorbed by your body, which could be dangerous.

Check the medicine label carefully to make sure Rogaine® will treat your specific type of hair loss.

Use only the Rogaine® formula that is made for your gender. Women should not use minoxidil products that are made specifically for men.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially heart disease.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Rogaine® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Rogaine®. Rogaine® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Rogaine® (minoxidil topical)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Rogaine®: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although the risk of serious side effects is low when Rogaine® is applied to the skin, side effects can occur if the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Severe scalp irritation
  • Unwanted growth of facial hair
  • Chest pain, fast heartbeats
  • Swelling in your hands or feet, rapid weight gain
  • A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
  • Headache, dizziness, confusion
  • Flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling)

Common side effect may include changes in the color or texture of your hair.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

 

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Rogaine® (minoxidil topical)?

Rogaine® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Rogaine® (minoxidil topical)?

Rogaine® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Rogaine® (minoxidil topical)?

Rogaine® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Rogaine® (minoxidil topical).

What is the dose of Rogaine® (minoxidil topical) for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Alopecia:

Solution:

Apply 1 mL topically to the affected area(s) of the scalp twice a day. The dose should not exceed 2 mL per day.

Foam:

Apply half a capful topically to the affected area(s) of the scalp twice a day.

What is the dose of Rogaine® (minoxidil topical) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Rogaine® (minoxidil topical) available?

Rogaine® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Solution: Minoxidil 50mg in 1Ml

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Rogaine®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: July 26, 2017 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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