Minoxidil

What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a medication primarily used to treat hair loss. It comes in various forms such as topical solutions, foams, and shampoos.

Originally developed as an oral medication for treating high blood pressure, it was discovered to have the side effect of promoting hair growth. Due to this side effect, it was later formulated into a topical solution for treating male and female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia).

Minoxidil works by widening the blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the hair follicles, and stimulating hair growth.

It is believed to prolong the anagen (growth) phase of the hair cycle and increase the size of hair follicles, leading to thicker hair strands.

While minoxidil can be effective in promoting hair growth, it’s important to note that results vary from person to person, and it may not work for everyone. Additionally, continuous use is typically required to maintain any hair regrowth achieved, as stopping treatment can lead to the gradual loss of newly grown hair.

As with any medication, it’s essential to follow the instructions provided by a healthcare professional when using minoxidil.

Minoxidil (Commonly sold under the brand name ‘Rogaine’ and also Kirkland which is the generic brand of Rogane)

Minoxidil is used to stimulate hair growth and to slow balding. It is most effective for people under 40 years of age whose hair loss is recent. Minoxidil has no effect on receding hairlines. It does not cure baldness; most new hair is lost within a few months after the drug is stopped.

While it is not fully understood how Minoxidil promotes hair growth, we do know that when it is used on the scalp, the hair growth is not permanent and growth is lost after you stop taking Minoxidil. It is important to note that Minoxidil does not create new hair follicles.