Rogaine is a topical hair loss treatment for men and women.
How It Works
Rogaine contains a medication called Minoxidil, which is a vasodilator. Minoxidil can open potassium channels in the body and widen blood vessels so blood can flow more freely. Vasodilators like Minoxidil are typically prescribed to treat high blood pressure. It’s unknown exactly how Minoxidil containing medications like Rogaine help with hair growth.
Rogaine is mainly used to treat certain types of baldness in men and women. Because this drug contains a vasodilator as the main ingredient, it may also used in drug programs to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).
Rogaine is applied topically onto the skin on your scalp. Refer to the patient information leaflet provided with the package to learn exactly how you should use Rogaine cream foam, or use it as directed by your doctor. You should consult with a doctor if you have any serious concerns regarding using Rogaine.
Apply only recommended amounts of Rogaine to your scalp. Using larger amounts of the foam will not cause your hair to grow back faster. Doing so may increase your risk for dangerous side effects.
You should dry your hair and scalp before applying Rogaine foam. It’s recommended to apply Rogaine two times a day (in the morning and night) on the scalp.
Wash hands thoroughly after applying Rogaine.
Apply Rogaine only to the affected areas of the scalp. Do not slather the cream all over your head. Avoid getting the foam on your face, especially on your eyes or around the mouth.
Your hair will not grow back right away once you start using Rogaine. It may take up to 4 months for the benefits of Rogaine to be visible. Tell your doctor if you don’t notice any hair growth after 4 months of use.
Rogaine does not cause your hair to grow back permanently. You must keep using this medication to reduce baldness on the scalp.
Serious side effects are rare with continuous topical use of Rogaine. However, the following side effects are commonly reported by Rogaine users:
Changes to hair color
Changes to the texture of hair
Dangerous side effects may occur if Rogaine is absorbed into the bloodstream. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:
Warmth, redness, or tingly feeling
Severe scalp irritation
Unwanted growth of facial hair
Swelling in hands or feet
Rapid weight gain
Feelings of lightheadedness or feeling that you are about to pass out
Do not use Rogaine if you experience or suspect an allergic reaction to the medication.
Do not apply Rogaine to scalp if it is sunburned, irritated, wounded or damaged in any way.
Do not apply Rogaine to any part of your body other than the scalp. It’s dangerous to apply this medication to other body parts.
It’s strongly recommended not to use any other scalp creams when using Rogaine unless your doctor advises it.
Do not apply Rogaine if your scalp is swollen, red, infected or irritated. This may cause your body to absorb more of this medication, which could lead to dangerous effects.
Rogaine may be unsafe to take if you have a history of heart disease.
Make sure the Rogaine you use is made for your gender and your specific type of hair loss.
You must keep the Rogaine foam canister away from sources of high heat, such as heat lamps or hot cars in the summer. The foam in the canister is flammable and may explode when exposed to high temperatures. Do not puncture the canister either.