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what is minoxidil?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
A solution for hair: Originally a blood pressure pill, it has been shown to reduce scalp balding. Available otc generic 2% @ $4 a month, you apply to scalp to slow hair loss, sometimes grow new hair. The benefit requires years of religious application twice every day. There are branded products of 5% which are slightly more effective and much more expensive.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Does minoxidil really work?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Minoxidil: If hair growth is going to occur with the use of minoxidil, it usually occurs after the medicine has been used for several months and lasts only as long as the medicine continues to be used. Hair loss will begin again within a few months after Minoxidil treatment is stopped.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can rogaine (minoxidil) really work?

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Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Rogaine (minoxidil) benefits: Topical Minoxidil (rogaine) has been shown to be beneficial for regrowth and maintenance of scalp vertex hair in clinical studies.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is rogaine (minoxidil) effective?

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Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 46 years experience
Usually: Rogaine (minoxidil) or topical Minoxidil is a scientifically proven treatment for hereditary hair loss. It is effective in slowing down or halting the hair loss in most patients with androgeneic or hereditary hair loss. That is it's main benefit. In a small percentage of users of rogaine (minoxidil) there is an appreciable amount of regrowth of hair usually in the first year of use.
Dr. Alan Bauman
Dr. Alan Bauman commented
Hair Restoration 26 years experience
Some patients have irritation and have trouble styling their hair with Rogaine application. Many of our patients have had more success with the less greasy, less gooey compounded minoxidil + retinoic acid called "Formula 82M." It requires a prescription, however.
Aug 11, 2017
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the minoxidil side effects?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Seldom any: Local irritation is very uncommon.
A 20-year-old male asked:

Is minoxidil 30% cream is safe?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Use with caution: Minoxidil is a potent blood pressure medication. In general, it is not readily absorbed from intact skin. However, it may be absorbed by compromised, irritated, or inflamed skin. Typically 2-5% is used; 30% may cause scalp itching or irritation or dandruff. Other medical side effects include a racing or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, dizziness and even fainting.
Dr. Alan Bauman
Dr. Alan Bauman commented
Hair Restoration 26 years experience
Agree. Not easily absorbed and 30% is quite messy and difficult to use. Many of our patients like the Formula 82M version which is less greasy, absorbs fast and is quite powerful on the follicles without the Rogaine and high-percentage cream side effects.
Aug 11, 2017

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