Rogaine, known as Regaine in some countries, contains the active ingredient Minoxidil and is available in foam or lotion form for both men and women. Rogaine is applied directly to the scalp at regular intervals, and is often prescribed by hair loss specialists in conjunction with Propecia.
Exactly how Rogaine works is not entirely understood. It is generally accepted that it dilates blood vessels in the scalp, possibly improving hair follicle function and in turn stimulating the growth of hair. Rogaine is normally used to treat patients who have hair that is thinning gradually over time.
Important information about Rogaine
It is not recommended that Rogaine be used if the skin on your scalp is cut, irritated, or sunburned, and should not be used anywhere on your body except your scalp. This can allow a dangerous level of the medication to be absorbed by your body. Do not use any other topical lotions on your head whilst using Rogaine, unless otherwise advised by a qualified person. Because Rogaine contains Minoxidil, ensure that you inform your GP if you have any degree of heart disease.
Also be aware that if you have had, or are considering an MHT treatment, no research has been conducted on how Rogaine will interact with the pigments over an extended period of time. Many of our clients continue using Rogaine and other topical solutions after their treatment, however we are unable to provide any advice in this area.
Rogaine and pregnancy
If you are female and pregnant, you should be aware that Rogaine is classed as FDA pregnancy category C. In other words it is not known whether or not Rogaine would be harmful to a baby. Certainly you should not use Rogaine without consulting your doctor if you are pregnant. Also, you should not use Rogaine without first talking to a doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should Rogaine be used?
If you choose to use the Rogaine lotion, you should be careful to follow the instructions exactly. If you have doubts about any of the instructions that are enclosed or require further information, ask a doctor, pharmacist or otherwise qualified person to explain them prior to starting your treatment.
Make sure your hair and scalp are completely dry before using Rogaine. Apply the recommended dosage to areas of the scalp affected by thinning hair. You are usually required to use Rogaine twice per day, first thing in the morning and last thing at night before you go to bed. Wash your hands before and after application, and avoid getting Rogaine in the eyes, nose, or mouth. Never use in excess of 2 mL of Rogaine per day as this could be dangerous. Increasing your medication will not speed up hair growth but it can cause unpleasant or risky side effects.
Does Rogaine work?
Rogaine offers no guarantees, however the product is widely used and has a solid reputation. As with all hair loss treatments, it is up to the individual to choose from the various options and decide which is best for them. There is some evidence that Rogaine may offer benefits to those suffering from male pattern baldness, but no conclusive evidence that would allow this product to be called a 'cure'.
How much does it cost?
Based on the opinions of those who claim to have experienced success with Rogaine, the general consensus is that if it works, it may take 4 months or more before new hair growth is seen, however extensive use is required before hair apparently becomes similar in colour and thickness to existing hair. We also understand that if the use of Rogaine is discontinued, any new hair growth is shed within a few months, a factor that seems rather convenient from the manufacturers point of view, especially given an average price of £18 British Stering per months supply (About $30 USD or EUR21 Euros). This is an ongoing financial commitment for the lifetime of the patient.
Many companies sell Rogaine in conjunction with Propecia, laser products such as the HairMax comb, shampoos and herbal remedies. Keep in mind that such a regimen could cost hundreds of pounds per month, therefore some businesses can (and do) offer extremely biased advice. Make sure you do your research before visiting companies like these.